William Byrd (±1539-1623): Oculi Omnium

Byrd’s four-part (ATTB) setting  of Oculi Omnium which was prescribed as the Gradual & Alleluia for Corpus Christi & Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament was published in the 1605 Gradualia of (vol. 2, no. 2), it’s a very direct setting of the text that moves to three voices at ‘Aperis tu manum tuam …’…

Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594): Tristis est anima mea

His setting of Christ’s meditation in the Garden of Gethsemane from the Gospel of St Matthew is one of de Lassus’ most dramatic narrative motets. Lassus takes the text which is taken from the words Jesus spoke to his disciples just before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and uses all his skill in…