Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Ascendo ad Patrem

This Ascension motet is one of those published in 1572 in Palestrina’s Second Book of Motets it’s a five-part setting (SATTB) divided into two sections. The first section which ends with the first occurrence of et gaudebit cor vestrum (and your heart will rejoice) is a vigorous and exciting piece of music with a strong upward drift while the second section which starts with Ego rogabo Patrem (I will pray to the Father) Palestrina brings us back down to earth with some clear and tranquil but still very joyful writing. He ends the second section the same way in which ended the first with a burst of joy as he repeats et gaudebit cor vestrum (and your heart will rejoice). Enjoy :-)

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Ascendo ad Patrem

Ascendo ad Patrem meum,
et Patrem vestrum, alleluia:
Deum meum et Deum vestrum, alleluia:
et dum assumptus fuero a vobis,
mittam vobis Spiritum veritatis,
et gaudebit cor vestrum. Alleluia.

I am going to my Father,
and your Father, alleluia:
my God and your God, alleluia:
And when I have been taken from you,
I shall send you the Spirit of truth,
and your heart will rejoice. Alleluia.

Ego rogabo Patrem,
et alium Paracletum dabit vobis Spiritum veritatis,
et gaudebit cor vestrum. Alleluia.

I will pray to the Father,
and he will give you another Comforter, the Spirit of truth, and your heart will rejoice. Alleluia.

Performers: The Cambridge Singers conducted by John Rutter

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