William Byrd (±1539-1623): Deus venerunt gentes

Byrd’s five-part (ATTBB) motet was first published in Cantiones sacrae I in 1589. It’s a response to the execution of Edmund Campion and his companions in 1581. It’s rarely performed now partly because it’s the longest of his imitative motets, partly because it’s a beast to sing, and partly because (very unusually for Byrd) it…