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Cape Town Youth Choir - Ave Verum Corpus

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Cape Town Youth Choir (formerly Pro Cantu): "Ave Verum Corpus"
Conductor: Leon Starker
Composer: William Byrd (1540-1623)
Performed at Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Cape Town (16th July 2013) in a joint concert with the Whiffenpoofs of Yale

Ave Verum Corpus
William Byrd (1540-1623)
Renaissance Motet

An English composer of the Renaissance period, William Byrd was a student of Thomas Tallis and wrote many works both sacred and secular in the common forms in England at the time. Byrd's Ave Verum Corpus appeared in his Gradualia, two volumes of liturgical polyphony published in 1605 and 1607. Primarily devoted to use within the major feasts of the church calendar, some of the included items in the 1605 volume do not belong to the main sphere of works. The Ave Verum Corpus is one of these. It is a popular work of Byrd's, utilising the well-known Latin text of the Eucharistic hymn.

Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine,
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.
O Iesu dulcis, O Iesu pie,
O Iesu, fili Mariae.
Miserere mei. Amen.

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was
sacrificed on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste
in the trial of death.
O sweet Jesus, O pious Jesus,
O Jesus, son of Mary,
Have mercy on me. Amen.

Twitter: @capetownchoir

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