Friday, May 27, 2005

A Beautiful "Ave Verum Corpus" for free download

The Virtual Byrd Choir offers some fine renaissance period sacred music for free download here. I am especially fond of their rendition of Byrd's "Ave Verum Corpus", which is the last piece listed on that page.

The choir itself is an interesting story: "Virtual Byrd Choir was established in 2001 in Tokyo as a male vocal ensemble that specializes in Tudor church music. So far, the group has privately recorded three masses by Byrd and motets by Byrd, Gibbons, Weelkes, Thomkins, Tallis, plus a few works by J.S. Bach."

Sheet music for this motet is also available online, here.