Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625): If ye be risen again with Christ

Orlando Gibbons’  ‘If ye be risen again with Christ‘ is a verse anthem in other words it’s an anthem that consists of solos or duets for one or more voices, usually from the start of the work as here, interspersed with short choral passages that augment the solos. I’ve always enjoyed listening to this particular anthem and when the soloists are  two trebles as talented  as the boys singing here it is a soaringly beautiful piece of music. Enjoy :-).


Text: If ye be risen again with Christ

If ye be risen again with Christ,
seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on heavenly things,
and not on earthly things.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Whensoever Christ, which is our life,
shall shew himself, then shall we
also appear with him in glory. So be it.

Colossians 3: 1-4

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  1. My daughter sang this motet at mass on Sunday morning in our church (Little St Mary’s in Cambridge). She was one of only four choristers that morning, and I was so moved by the music that I had to listen to it again..so I found your site. I will return!

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