Handl's 'Omnes de Saba venient' is a wonderfully cheerful Epiphany motet that get's downrght playful at times. I especially like the rising and falling figure in the 'Alleluia' and the rythmic movement at 'de Saba venient' Enjoy :-).
Christopher Dearnley (1930–2000) was the organist at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, between 1968 and 1990. A talented composer in his own write he set 'The growing limbs of God the Son' to the tune known as 'St. Chad'. It's a warm and affectionate piece of music, with a wonderfully fluid melodic line. It's sung below by the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, conducted by John Scott. Enjoy :-).
Byrd's four-part anthem Senex puerum portabat was published in 1607 in the second book of Gradualia. It's a beautifully expressive piece of music in which Byrd manipulates the vocal lines to convey the joy felt both by Simeon and by the Virgin Mary. Thus at the end of the first line – "Senex puerum portabat", he sets the word 'portabat' to a rising interval holding the melodic line high. Similarly in the last line culminating in the word 'adoravit' where Byrd uses the vocal lines to portray both the Virgin's adoration of the Messiah and her joy as the mother of a new-born child. It's performed here by the St Paul's Cathedral Choir conducted by John Scott. The lyrics and a translation are below the fold. Enjoy :-)