De Victoria write this gloriously festive motet for the feast of the Ascension. Its text is taken from the last Responsorium of the Second Nocturn of Matins for that day. He published it first in 1572 and it rapidly became one of his most popular motets being published no less than five times during his life. Twenty years after it was first published de Victoria used it as the basis for his setting of the Mass Missa Ascendens Christus in altum. It’s a bright happy festive piece of music characterised by ascending motifs and wonderfully happy alleluias that perfectly reflect the text. It’s set for five (SSATB) voices divided into two halves. Enjoy :-).
Text & Translation: Ascendens Christus in altum
Ascendens Christus in altum, alleluia.
Christ ascending on high, alleluia.
Ascendit Deus in iubilatione,
Final Responsory of the Second Nocturne of Matins, Ascension Day
God ascends amid jubilation,