Edition Michael Procter

Renaissance choral music

Catalogue of editions by the late Michael Procter

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Singers around the world will be pleased to know that Edition Michael Procter is available again, following the sad death of Michael Procter in 2012. His large collection of sacred choral music by renaissance composers is a very valuable resource for choirs, churches and music lovers.

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Title Catalogue number Price
Byrd, William
Byrd, William (c. 1540-1623) Show the biography
8 motets for male voices EMP0689 £13.80
ATTBB Scoring legend ISMN M-2056-0689-3
An anthology of pieces intended for male voices. It includes several of the 'Jerusalem' or political motets. The works represented are: Emendemus in melius (1575), Ne irascaris Domine, Vide Domine, Tribulationes civitatum and Domine tu jurasti (1589), Domine exaudi orationem meam and Haec dicit Dominus (1591) and Unam petii (1605). Most of these are not available in modern performing editions (except in our catalogue).
This item includes:
EMP0577 Emendemus in melius
EMP0043 Ne irascaris Domine
EMP0578 Vide Domine
EMP0417 Tribulationes civitatum
EMP0576 Domine tu jurasti
EMP0414 Domine exaudi
EMP0416 Haec dicit Dominus
EMP1260 Unam petii
Alleluia. Ave Maria. EMP1031 £3.00
SSATB Scoring legend Votive Mass BVM - Introitus ISMN M-2056-1031-9
The Greater Alleluia for the Mass of the Annunciation when this falls in Eastertide. Byrd printed it out of order in the Gradualia but in the form in which it there appears it belongs to the Annunciation. Here at original high-clef pitch.
Ave verum corpus EMP0034 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Eucharist - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0034-1
One of the best-known and favourite pieces from the great Gradualia. The quasi-homophony found in so many highly expressive Renaissance pieces gives it an extraordinary intensity.
Beati mundo corde EMP0526 £3.00
SSATB Scoring legend All Saints (November 1) - Communion ISMN M-2056-0526-1
One of the loveliest of the short pieces in Byrd's great Gradualia. The text is part of the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. This version, a fourth lower than the original, has the catalogue number EMP0526.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0609 Down a tone
Beati mundo corde EMP0609 £3.00
SSATB Scoring legend All Saints (November 1) - Communion ISMN M-2056-0609-1
One of the loveliest of the short pieces in Byrd's great Gradualia. The text is part of the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.This high pitch version, a tone lower than the original, has catalogue number EMP0609.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0526 Down a fourth
Diffusa est gratia EMP0036 £1.50
SMATB Scoring legend Votive Mass BVM - Offertorium ISMN M-2056-0036-5
This beautiful miniature (lasting about a minute) is found in the first book of Byrd's Gradualia. It is one of the tricky items, being used twice, and although Byrd printed it as the opening section of the long Gradual-Tract group for the Annunciation (in Lent), it may well have been composed initially as the Offertory for the Purification. Byrd failed to provide the piece with a final close, so I give it with an optional cadence.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0765 With an editorial additional final section
Diffusa est gratia EMP0765 £1.50
SSATB Scoring legend Marian Feasts - Offertorium ISMN M-2056-0765-4
This lovely piece is one of the few with which Byrd made mistakes in his immense Gradualia: the piece is provided in the short form required when it is sung in the Gradual music for the Annunciation and the Assumption, and lacks the end of the text when it is the Offertory. I have provided a final cadence and an alternative end with the complete text.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0036 With an optional final cadence
Domine exaudi EMP0414 £3.00
SAATB Scoring legend Penitential - Psalm-Motet ISMN M-2056-0414-1
A lengthy setting of the first 2 verses of Ps. 142.
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
Domine tu jurasti EMP0576 £3.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0576-6
Obviously a politically motivated piece - the text is non-liturgical, and the translation in part reads 'deliver us from the hand of Pharaoh...and from bondage under the Egyptians.'
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
Emendemus in melius EMP0039 £2.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0039-6
Transposed down a tone from the original high pitch. Also available a 4th lower as indicated by the high clefs of the original.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0577 Simple version, down a fourth
EMP1049 Responsory form
Emendemus in melius EMP0577 £2.00
SATTB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0577-3
Rightly one of Byrd's best-known pieces, almost homophonic and most effective. Transposed down a 4th from the high-clefs original. Also available at a higher pitch.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0039 Simple version, down a tone
EMP1049 Responsory form
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
Emendemus in melius EMP1049 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend Ash Wednesday - Respond ISMN M-2056-1049-4
A version of the piece laid out to permit its liturgical use as a Responsory either on the First Sunday in Lent or, with an added Gloria Patri, during the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday. Transposed down a 4th from the high-clefs original. Available on request at a higher pitch.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0039 Simple version, down a tone
EMP0577 Simple version, down a fourth
Gradualia 05: In Festo Purificationis (BMV) EMP0717 £6.60
SMATB Scoring legend Purification BVM, Candlemas, Presentation of Christ (February 2) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0717-3
It is with this collection of pieces that Byrd's first book of Gradualia opens. These are the Propers for the Mass of the Purification: Suscepimus (versions for Introit and Gradual, with the Antiphon reused), Alleluia: Senex puerum and Tract: Nunc Dimittis (for when the Feast falls after Septuagesima), Offertory: Diffusa est gratia and Communion: Responsum accepit Simeon. Diffusa est gratia is reused from its position as Gradual verse for the Feasts of the Annunciation and Assumption, but Byrd omits to set the final phrase or to provide a perfect cadence, which the editor has provided.
Haec dicit Dominus EMP0416 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend Holy Innocents (December 28) ISMN M-2056-0416-5
One of the most extreme of Byrd's 'Jerusalem' motets.
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
Infelix ego EMP1315 £5.00
SMATBaB Scoring legend Penitential ISMN M-2056-1315-10
Infelix ego is a Latin meditation on the Miserere, Psalm 51, composed in prison by Girolamo Savonarola by 8 May 1498, after he had been tortured on the rack, and two weeks before he was burned at the stake in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence on 23 May 1498. The prison authorities had spared only his right arm during the preliminary torture, so that Savonarola would be able to sign his confession: after doing so, and in a state of despair at not being strong enough to resist the pain of his prolonged torture, he wrote Infelix ego and a portion of a companion meditation, Tristitia obsedit me, on Psalm 30. He was executed before he was able to complete Tristitia obsedit me. Byrd's powerful setting, like that of Lassus, conveys all the intensity of the text. In this version the Baritone part is printed in the Bass clef: the alternative version, no 1316, prints this voice in the same octave-Treble clef as the Tenor.
Infelix ego EMP1316 £5.00
SMATBaB Scoring legend Penitential ISMN M-2056-1316-7
Infelix ego is a Latin meditation on the Miserere, Psalm 51, composed in prison by Girolamo Savonarola by 8 May 1498, after he had been tortured on the rack, and two weeks before he was burned at the stake in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence on 23 May 1498. The prison authorities had spared only his right arm during the preliminary torture, so that Savonarola would be able to sign his confession: after doing so, and in a state of despair at not being strong enough to resist the pain of his prolonged torture, he wrote Infelix ego and a portion of a companion meditation, Tristitia obsedit me, on Psalm 30. He was executed before he was able to complete Tristitia obsedit me. Byrd's powerful setting, like that of Lassus, conveys all the intensity of the text. In this version the Baritone part is printed in the same octave-Treble clef as the Tenor: the alternative version, no 1316, prints this voice in the Bass clef.
Mass Propers for the Feast of Christmas and Office Music for Christmastide EMP0709 £5.00
SATB Scoring legend Christmas - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0709-8
It is with this splendid collection of Christmastide music that Byrd's second book of Gradualia opens. It includes the complete Propers for the principal (third) mass of Christmas Day, which are used throughout the Octave, together with settings of Hodie Christus natus est (Magnificat Antiphon), O magnum misterium/Beata Virgo (Matins Respond) and O admirabile commercium (Magnificat Antiphon for the Circumcision (Jan. 1)).
Mass propers for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God (January 1st) EMP0287 £4.00
SSATB Scoring legend Mary, Mother of God (January 1) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0287-1
The Feast of Mary, Mother of God, is celebrated on January 1st, replacing the Circumcision. The Feast was of course unknown in Byrd's Day but the Proper is all in the Gradualia and has been assembled here by Michael Procter, just as Byrd intended should be done for other Marian feasts.
Mass propers for the Feast of SS Peter and Paul EMP0661 £4.00
SSATTB Scoring legend SS Peter and Paul (June 29) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0661-9
For the two feasts of St Peter, this and St Peter's Chains, Byrd provided the only 6-voice Propers in his great Gradualia - an obvious homage to the Roman Catholic Church, to which he remained loyal despite the very real dangers for Catholics in England at the time. The music is grand, as befits its intention.
Mass propers for the Feast of the Nativity BVM EMP0021 £5.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Nativity BVM (September 8) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0021-1
The archetypal Mary Mass, providing most of the familiar segments re-used in many of the other Propers. Its atypical ad aequales scoring (TrMATBa) means it can be transposed to suit: I offer it at two standard ranges, either a tone or a fourth lower than the original (equivalent to SATBaB for mixed or male voices).
Alternative version(s):
EMP0764 A fourth lower than original pitch
Mass propers for the Feast of the Nativity BVM EMP0764 £5.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Nativity BVM (September 8) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0764-7
The archetypal Mary Mass, providing most of the familiar segments re-used in many of the other Propers. Its atypical ad aequales scoring (TrMATBa) means it can be transposed to suit: I offer it at two standard ranges, either a tone or a fourth lower than the original (equivalent to SATBaB for mixed or male voices).
Alternative version(s):
EMP0021 A tone lower than original pitch
Missa 3 vocum EMP1000 £4.00
ATB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-1000-5
The well-known 'Mass for three voices' is an ad aequales piece (with 'close-together' clefs, in this case MAT) and is available at various pitches. This version is at the original pitch, suitable for male voices.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1001 A third higher
EMP1002 A fifth higher
EMP1003 A fifth lower
EMP1250 A fourth lower
Missa 3 vocum EMP1001 £4.00
SAT Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-1001-2
The well-known 'Mass for three voices' is an ad aequales piece (with 'close-together' clefs, in this case MAT) and is available at various pitches. This version is a third higher than the original pitch.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1000 original pitch
EMP1002 A fifth higher
EMP1003 A fifth lower
EMP1250 A fourth lower
Missa 3 vocum EMP1002 £4.00
SSA Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-1002-9
The well-known 'Mass for three voices' is an ad aequales piece (with 'close-together' clefs, in this case MAT) and is available at various pitches. This version is a fifth higher than the original pitch, suitable for female or boys' voices.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1000 original pitch
EMP1001 A third higher
EMP1003 A fifth lower
EMP1250 A fourth lower
Missa 3 vocum EMP1003 £4.00
TBaB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-1003-6
The well-known 'Mass for three voices' is an ad aequales piece (with 'close-together' clefs, in this case MAT) and is available at various pitches. This version is a fifth lower than the original pitch, suitable for male voices.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1000 original pitch
EMP1001 A third higher
EMP1002 A fifth higher
EMP1250 A fourth lower
Missa 3 vocum EMP1250 £4.00
TTB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-1250-4
The well-known 'Mass for three voices' is an ad aequales piece (with 'close-together' clefs, in this case MAT) and is available at various pitches. This version is a fourth lower than the original pitch, suitable for male voices.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1000 original pitch
EMP1001 A third higher
EMP1002 A fifth higher
EMP1003 A fifth lower
Missa 4 vocum EMP0273 £5.80
SATB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-0273-4
The well-known 'Mass for four voices' is a high-clef piece and is available at various pitches (here a semitone lower than the original). The Editor considers the piece should be sung down a fourth or a fifth by ATTB/ATBaB.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0750 Original pitch
EMP0615 A minor third lower than original pitch
EMP0616 A fourth lower than original pitch
EMP0691 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in Treble (Violin) clef
EMP1297 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in octave-Treble ('Tenor') clef
Missa 4 vocum EMP0615 £5.80
SATB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-0615-2
The mass is here transposed down a third, to a pitch suitable for mixed voices.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0750 Original pitch
EMP0273 A semitone lower than original pitch
EMP0616 A fourth lower than original pitch
EMP0691 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in Treble (Violin) clef
EMP1297 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in octave-Treble ('Tenor') clef
Missa 4 vocum EMP0616 £5.80
ATTB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-0616-9
The mass is here transposed down a fourth
Alternative version(s):
EMP0750 Original pitch
EMP0273 A semitone lower than original pitch
EMP0615 A minor third lower than original pitch
EMP0691 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in Treble (Violin) clef
EMP1297 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in octave-Treble ('Tenor') clef
Missa 4 vocum EMP0691 £5.80
ATBB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-0691-6
The mass is here transposed down a fifth, the pitch at which our editor considers it rightly belongs. This version has the top voice in Treble (Violin) cleff, two octave-Treble ('Tenor') clefs and Bass clef.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0750 Original pitch
EMP0273 A semitone lower than original pitch
EMP0615 A minor third lower than original pitch
EMP0616 A fourth lower than original pitch
EMP1297 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in octave-Treble ('Tenor') clef
Missa 4 vocum EMP0750 £5.80
SATB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-0750-10
The well-known 'Mass for four voices' is a high-clef piece and is available at various pitches. The Editor considers the piece should be sung down a fourth or a fifth by ATTB/ATBaB. This version is at the original high pitch.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0273 A semitone lower than original pitch
EMP0615 A minor third lower than original pitch
EMP0616 A fourth lower than original pitch
EMP0691 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in Treble (Violin) clef
EMP1297 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in octave-Treble ('Tenor') clef
Missa 4 vocum EMP1297 £5.80
ATBB Scoring legend General Use - Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-1297-9
The mass is here transposed down a fifth, the pitch at which our editor considers it rightly belongs. This version has three voices in octave-Treble ('Tenor') clef and one in Bass clef.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0750 Original pitch
EMP0273 A semitone lower than original pitch
EMP0615 A minor third lower than original pitch
EMP0616 A fourth lower than original pitch
EMP0691 A fifth lower than original pitch, top voice in Treble (Violin) clef
Ne irascaris Domine EMP0043 £3.75
SATBaB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0043-3
A beautiful and powerful piece, its text derived from the penitential Advent Prose 'Rorate coeli desuper'. Its unremitting sombre mood and passionate intensity make it a starkly challenging piece for those who think Christmas carols and 'Jingle bells' appropriate for Advent...
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
O admirabile commercium EMP0508 £2.00
SSAB Scoring legend Circumcision of Our Lord (Jan. 1) and Christmastide - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-0508-7
Less well-known Christmas piece with demanding ranges for SSA (or T with top Bflat)
O God that guides EMP0061 £3.00
S solo,SATTB instr. and SSATTB chorus Scoring legend Non-liturgical ISMN M-2056-0061-7
A splendid verse anthem for New Year's Day, ideally for viols and voices but suitable for other instruments (please contact me for parts in suitable clefs.) It has two verses, the second closing with a short Amen.
O magnum misterium EMP0507 £2.00
SAABa Scoring legend Christmas - Respond ISMN M-2056-0507-10
Well-known Christmas piece
Alternative version(s):
EMP1035 A tone higher than the original.
EMP1036 A third higher than the original.
O magnum misterium EMP1035 £2.00
SAABa Scoring legend Christmas - Respond ISMN M-2056-1035-7
Well-known Christmas piece, here a tone higher than the original.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0507 Original pitch
EMP1036 A third higher than the original.
O magnum misterium EMP1036 £2.00
SAABa Scoring legend Christmas - Respond ISMN M-2056-1036-4
Well-known Christmas piece, here a third higher than the original.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0507 Original pitch
EMP1035 A tone higher than the original.
Rorate coeli desuper EMP1020 £3.00
SATBaBa Scoring legend Votive Mass BVM - Introitus ISMN M-2056-1020-3
The Introit for the Votive Mass of Our Lady in Advent, which gave its name to the 'Rorate' masses kept in Advent. Given here a 4th lower than the high-clef original.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1025 Original pitch
EMP1023 A tone lower than the original.
Rorate coeli desuper EMP1023 £3.50
SATBaBa Scoring legend Votive Mass BVM - Introitus ISMN M-2056-1023-4
The Introit for the Votive Mass of Our Lady in Advent, which gave its name to the 'Rorate' masses kept in Advent. Given here a tone lower than the high-clef original.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1025 Original pitch
EMP1020 A 4th lower than the original.
Rorate coeli desuper EMP1025 £3.50
SSATB Scoring legend Votive Mass BVM - Introitus ISMN M-2056-1025-8
The Introit for the Votive Mass of Our Lady in Advent, which gave its name to the 'Rorate' masses kept in Advent. Given here at original high-clef pitch.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1023 A tone lower than the original.
EMP1020 A 4th lower than the original.
Salve Regina (1605) EMP0049 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Holy Trinity to the Saturday before Advent - Marian Antiphon ISMN M-2056-0049-5
The simple setting from the Gradualia.
Solve iubente Deo EMP0527 £2.00
SSATTB Scoring legend St. Peter in Chains (S. Petri ad Vincula)(August 1) - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-0527-8
A magnificent piece, one of the few for 6 voices in the Gradualia associated with the feasts of St Peter. The text is both Magnificat Antiphon at Vespers and Alleluia verse in the Mass. Byrd's print omits almost all the text for obvious political reasons; it has been reconstructed here.
Though Amaryllis dance in green EMP0415 £2.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Secular ISMN M-2056-0415-8
One of Byrd's most popular, but by no means easier madrigals. Offered a fourth lower than the original.
Tribulationes civitatum EMP0417 £3.75
SATTB Scoring legend Penitential ISMN M-2056-0417-2
Another of Byrd's 'Jerusalem' motets.
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
Unam petii EMP1260 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend Penitential ISMN M-2056-1260-3
A further 'Jerusalem' motet, this one printed in the Gradualia, and incorporating a daring diatribe against the King. This revised version restores original note values.
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
Vide Domine EMP0578 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend ISMN M-2056-0578-10
One of the most extreme of Byrd's 'Jerusalem' motets.Vide Domine is a non-liturgical text also set by other composers - including Clemens, and Jean Lafage (also published in Edition Michael Procter).
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
Why do I use my paper, ink and pen EMP0053 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend St Edmund Campion (December 6) ISMN M-2056-0053-2
Text by St. Henry Walpole on the death of Campion. Byrd's setting circulated widely in manuscript as a Consort Song (e.g. in the Dow partbooks) but was printed in Psalms, Sonets and Songs (1588) in a vocal version.