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Audivi vocem de caelo venientem
Composed by John Sheppard
Edited by Mitos Andaya
Series Editor: Simon Carrington
Voicing: SSAA a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 0631
John Sheppard (c. 1515-1560)
Relatively little information is known about English composer John Sheppard. He served as Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford and was a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in the 1550s. Though he was a prolific composer of liturgical music, his works have been overshadowed by better-known English composers such as Taverner, Tallis and Byrd.
Audivi vocem de caelo venientem is the eighth respond for the Office of Matins on All Saints Day. This particular setting demonstrates Sheppard's mastery of polyphony and expressive imitation ý elements that are present in much of his choral writing.
The slurs in the chant have been altered to clarify the melismas for today's ensembles, rather than to indicate the ligatures of the original chant.
The tenuto marks in the chant are merely indications where a slight relaxation in tempo may enhance the overall effect. Breath marks are also suggested.
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