Lobo’s eight-part setting of the Marian antiphon Ave Maria is one of seven motets that he published in 1602 while employed at Toledo Cathedral. It’s an astounding piece of music that’s based on a scheme of complex 8-in-4 canonical writing in which the lower voices of two SATB choirs sing the same music but the three upper voices swap places in response. The result of this is to generate four more voices from the original quartet. If that sounds complex it is! But the result is remarkably beautiful with all the strands coming together to present a seemingly seamless whole. Enjoy :-).
Alonso Lobo (1555-1617): Ave Maria
Ave Maria, gratia plena:
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace:
Performers: The Tallis Scholars conducted by Peter Phillips