O magnum mysterium - Beata Virgo (William Byrd)

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Complete score (both Prima and Secunda pars):

  • CPDL #27644:       
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2012-11-23).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 86 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
  • CPDL #05689:      (Sibelius 5)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-14).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 252 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Jan 17. In original key for ATTB.
  • CPDL #18321:   
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-11-22).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 116 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: CPDL 5689 transposed up a minor third for SATB.

Prima pars - O magnum mysterium

  • CPDL #28056:  Network.png
Editor: Fernando Gómez Jácome (submitted 2013-01-16).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #05562:  Network.png
Editor: Roberto Di Cecco (submitted 2003-08-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 35 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key. Written in original C clefs. The original website is not available any more, however this score remains available for downloading through archive.org (June 16, 2013).
Editor: Stuart McIntosh (submitted 2002-06-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key, but voiced as SATB.

Secunda pars - Beata Virgo

Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2000-10-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a major second, voiced as SATB.

General Information

Title: O magnum mysterium – Beata Virgo
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: ATTB (original key, also voiced as SATB) and SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Gradualia II (1607), nos. 8-9

Description:
Two part motet,

Prima pars - O magnum mysterium (misterium in the printed source)
Secunda pars - Beata Virgo

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O magnum mysterium.