Nowadays we tend to think of Renaissance choral music as unaccompanied choral music – I’ve even heard some people talking about "pure" choral music. The reality was that much of this music was accompanied and very often it was transcribed for various instruments and ensembles not only AMDG but also so that it, and its message, could spread further. This transcription of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s setting of Senex puerum portabat (The old man carried the boy´) which is the Antiphon to the Magnificat at First Vespers for the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary us a case in point. Enjoy :-).
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Senex puerum portabat (Instrumental a 4)
- Members of La Capella Reial de Catalunya (Hesperion XX) conducted by Jordi Savall.