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Ave Verum Corpus (Byrd) – Flute Choir
Ave verum corpus (Hail, true body) is based on a 14th century poem. This musical setting by William Byrd (1543 – 1623) is considered one of his finest works. A student of Thomas Tallis, William Byrd was the leading English composer of his time, a great master of the Renaissance along with Giovanni Palestrina and Orlando de Lassus, and left a huge legacy of printed music.
The false relation, the G sharp in the 1st and 2nd flutes and the G natural in the alto and bass flutes in measure 2 was Byrd's way of emphasizing the word verum.
Composer: Anne McGinty
Instrumentation: 4 C Flutes, Alto Flute & Bass Flute
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:20 / 12 pages, 8.5″ x 11″