Christopher Tye (c1505-before 15 March 1573): Christ Rising

I love this setting of ‘Christ Rising‘. (The text is from Edward VI’s 1552 Book of Common Prayer where it took the place of the Venite during Matins on Easter Sunday). I love the vigour, and the surprisingly modern way in which Tye handles both dissonance and false relations. It’s sung here by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, conducted by James of O’Donnell. Enjoy :-).


Text: Christ Rising

Christ rising again from the dead now dieth not.
Death from henceforth hath no power upon him.

But in that he died, he died but once to put away sin; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
And so likewise, count yourselves dead unto sin, but living unto God in Christ Jesu our Lord.

Christ is risen again, the first fruits of them that sleep.
For seeing that by man came death, by man also cometh the resurrection of the dead.
For as by Adam all men do die so by Christ all men shall be restored to life.

Romans 6: 9-11; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-22 (texts appointed to be sung on Easter Day in Edward VI’s second Prayer Book, 1552

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