Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Fasciculus myrrhae dilectus meus

Fasciculus myrrhae dilectus meus (A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me) is the seventh in the series of twenty-nine motets composed by Palestrina for performance by diverse groups in Rome and Italy. Like all these motets it’s a form of vocal chamber music whose five parts could be sung by groups with slender musical ressources. It was this flexibility that allowed Palestrina (and his publishers) to ride the wave of religous fervour then sweeping Italy and to become quite wealthy from the sales. This particular motet has always been one of my favourites in the series. Enjoy :-).

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