Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Exultate Deo

I’ve loved this motet from the first time I heard it and can’t resist posting a second performance of it. Palestrina published it in 1584 in his Fifth Book of Motets. It sets verses from Psalm 80 in the Vulgate and is a happy and decidedly cheerful piece of music that starts with an upward leap of exultation and is full of vivid word-painting depicting the musical instruments named in the text in turn1 Enjoy :-).


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Exultate Deo

Exultate Deo, adjutori nostro:
jubilate Deo Jacob.
Sumite psalmum et date tympanum;
psalterium jucundum, cum cythara.
Buccinate in neomenia tuba,
insigni die solemnitatis vestrae.

Triumph in God, our helper:
rejoice for the God of Jacob.
Take up a song and bring the drum,
the pleasing harp and the lute.
Sound the trumpet at the new moon,
on your special Feast Day.

Performers: Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by James O’Donnell (conductor)

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