William Byrd (±1539-1623): Gaudeamus omnes

William Byrd captioned 150x220px Byrd’s setting of the Introit Gaudeamus omnes was published in the 1605 Gradualia it’s a joyful and witty piece of music that celebrates the Feast of All Saints (November 1st) I particularly enjoy how he portrays the Angels letting their hair down and enjoying themselves at ‘gaudent Angeli, et collaudant Filium Dei‘ (the Angels rejoice, and praise the Son of God). It’s not the easiest piece to sing but the Cambridge Singers under John Rutter have the musical ability (and agility!) to manage it. Enjoy :-)


Text & Translation: Gaudeamus omnes in Domino

Gaudeamus omnes in Domino,
diem festum celebrantes sub honore Sanctorum omnium:
de quorum solemnitate
gaudent Angeli, et collaudant Filium Dei.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord,
celebrating a festival day in honour of all the Saints:
for whose holiness
the Angels rejoice, and praise the Son of God.
Exsultate iusti in Domino:
rectos decet collaudatio.
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous:
praise befits the just.
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Introit at Mass on The Feast of All Saints; Psalm 32: 1

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Score available from here: Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (William Byrd) – ChoralWiki

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