Tye : O God, be merciful unto us : Full score
Composer: Christopher Tye (c.1505 - 1573)
Forces: A.T.T.B. (or S.A.T.B.) + reduction
Lyrics: Psalm 67
This edition is offered in the earliest recorded key, for A.T.T.B. It is also available transposed up a fourth for S.A.T.B.
This edition has been prepared comparing the version in the Tudway collection with Barnard (1641), and incorporating elements from each. Barnard splits the psalm into three parts. It is unascertainable how much of an independent existence the three parts followed. Together they comprise the entire Deus misereatur, as prescribed in the liturgies of both 1549 and 1662 prayer books. It is unlikely that they were performed separately.
The present translator of Psalm 67 remains unidentified, being none of the obvious candidates. It is most likely to be one who held favour with the Edwardian settlement and the Book of Common Prayer of 1549.
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