Sanctus (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • CPDL #23149:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2011-02-14).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Sanctus
Composer: Orlando Gibbons

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCommunion Service

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1773 in Cathedral Music, Volume 3, p. 299

Description: Apparently loosely based on the opening of the Te Deum from the Short Service. Tudor Church Music IV discusses the sources: "The Sanctus commonly attached to the short service has no MS. authority before the time of the Restoration. It is first found in the Windsor MSS in the handwritting of Dr Will. Child, as an extra slip bound up with the rest of the service. There are copies of it in short score in CH CH Ox MS 1225, Ely Cath. MS 23, and Tenbury, all of late 17th or early 18th century date. As it is for the most part merely an extract from the Te Deum and all the texts are faulty, the editors feel justified in rejecting it."

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord most high.

(different from the Sanctus as given in the 1559 Book of Common Prayer