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John Sheppard
c.1515 - c.1558
Great Britain
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J. Sheppard
John Sheppard (ca.1515 - ca.1558), an English composer. Not everything is known about this composer. In 1554 he asked or started his supplication for the Oxford Music Doctorate, but he is never referred to as a Doctor. In his supplication is reference made to his twenty years study of music! So this mean that Sheppard studied music from 1534. Sheppard was Informator Choristarum, Master of Choristers at Magdalen College Oxford, with some interruptions between 1542 and 1556. He became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal by 1552. Sheppard is one of the major English sacred music composers between 1530 and 1560. He composed 5 Masses, 21 Office Responds, 18 Hymns, 7 Antiphons, 2 Magnificat, Te Deum, Psalms, Canticles. His compositions are set for 2 - 8 voices.
Author:Wim Goossens
In Manus Tuas, Domine I
Period:High Renaissance
Musical form:Motet 4 vocibus
Text/libretto:Latin Officium Defunctorum (Job 10:8-12)
Duration:3'16''
Label(s):CDGIM 016
Guild 7108
Hyperion 22021
Hyperion 66259
Sheppard composed three In manus tuas, Domine settings. Three motets from the Responsorium de Officium Defunctorum composed for several voices and settings (I SSST; II AATB; III ATB). The In manus tuas, Domine is an old Responsorium. There are about 138 Responsoria de Officium Defunctorum known and used during centuries in the Office of the Dead. They are all well ordered. The In manus tuas, Domine is nr. 34. All three responds have a respond structure, they are based on the same old Gregorian chant melody. In manus tuas I Sheppard sets a section of the chant in polyphony by writing imitative counterpoint starting as from In manus tuas , with an interruption in Gregorian chant Domine commendo spiritum meum. In manus tuas II & III Sheppard sets a minor section of the chant in a short imitative counterpoint starting and followed by Gregorian chant.
Author:Wim Goossens
In manus tuas Domine commendo spiritum meum.
Redemisti nos Domine Deus veritatis.
Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord God of truth.
Contributor:Wim Goossens
In Manus Tuas, Domine II
Period:High Renaissance
Musical form:Motet 4 vocibus
Text/libretto:Latin Officium Defunctorum (Job 10:8-12)
Duration:2'56''
Label(s):Hyperion 22022
CDGIM 016
See above.
In Manus Tuas, Domine III
Period:High Renaissance
Musical form:Motet 4 vocibus
Text/libretto:Latin Officium Defunctorum
Duration:2'58''
Label(s):Linn 118
CDGIM 016
See above.