William Byrd (1543-1623) was one of the most important English Renaissance composers of sacred vocal music, creating music for Anglican and Roman Catholic services. His output includes Masses, hymns, motets, verse anthems,
and even a small number of secular madrigals. Byrd is also known as a prominent composer of music for virginal, a popular keyboard instrument in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Ave Verum Corpus (Hail, True Body) was intended
to be sung during the Eucharistic consecration of the Catholic Mass. It appears in Byrd's Gradualia, a 1605 collection of Catholic songs.
This arrangement by John Bleuel is for saxophone quartet (SATB or AATB) and includes both score and parts. The soprano saxophone part has an alternate transposition for alto saxophone. The tempo and dynamics in this version
are intended only as suggestions. Saxophonists are encouraged to listen to as much Renaissance vocal music as possible to acquire a grasp of the Renaissance style.
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