Dies sanctificatus (William Byrd)

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Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2012-11-23).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1610 reprint. Mensural notation, original note values and pitch, musica ficta clearly marked, clefs modernized
Last revised: 2011-11-28
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2006-05-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 106 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Jan 09
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Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-09-06).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: Free Art License
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer.

General Information

Title: Dies sanctificatus
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: AATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Gradualia II (1607) no.3

Description: Alleluia for 3rd Mass of the Nativity

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Dies sanctificatus illuxit nobis:
venite gentes, et adorate Dominum;
quia hodie descendit, lux magna super terram.
Alleluia.

English.png English translation

A hallowed day hath dawned for us:
come, ye Gentiles, and adore the Lord;
for on this day a great light hath descended upon the earth.
Alleluia.

German.png German translation

Ein geheiligter Tag ist uns aufgeleuchtet:
kommt, ihr Völker, und betet den Herrn an;
der heute herabgestiegen ist, als großes Licht auf die Erde.
Halleluja.