Puer natus est nobis (William Byrd)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-07-30)   CPDL #54936:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2019-07-30).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 731 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Gradualia: Book 2. Our source: William Byrd: In Nativitate Domini, in Tudor English Church Music, Kalmus edition. Notation here is a whole tone higher than the original, with time values halved. Translation and text underlay by John Hetland for Renaissance Chorus Association. 30 Jul 2019
Editions in original key and with original note values
  • CPDL #27645:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2012-11-23).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1610 reprint. Mensural notation, original key, musica ficta clearly marked, clefs modernized. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Last revised: 2011-11-28
  • CPDL #04711:         
Editor: Steve Sanders (submitted 2003-04-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #04210:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-11-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 335 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Feb 17 (error corrected). MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #04192:      (Finale 2001)
Editor: Unknown (submitted 2001-11-15).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 264 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Editions in original key but with note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #04191:      (Finale 2002)
Editor: Lora Crighton (submitted 2002-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 192 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #03063:        (Finale 2001)
Editor: Frank van Nimwegen (submitted 2001-10-19).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved. Contains only the first part, the Cantate Domino and Gloria Patri being omitted. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Transposed edition, original note values
  • CPDL #18316:   
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-11-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 137 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: CPDL #4210 transposed up a minor 3rd.

General Information

Title: Puer natus est nobis
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or AATB
Genre: SacredMotetGradual for Christmas Day

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1607 in Gradualia II, no. 1

Description: Introit for Third Mass of the Nativity and for the Octave of the Nativity

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Puer natus est.