De Wert’s setting of the Antiphon for Second Vespers at Corpus Christi is an overlooked but fascinating piece of music that gives us an insight into this High Renaissance composer whose music deserves to be ranked alongside that of Willært, de Lassus, and Palestrina. It’s a stately piece of music setting a liturgical text based on 1 Cor. 11:26 & Rom 8:18 glorying in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. It’s very much in the Franco-Flemish/Burgundian tradition that uses long notes and Alleluias to evoke a mood of serene joy.
Giaches de Wert (1535-96): O sacrum convivium
|O sacrum convivium, |
in quo Christus sumitur:
recolitur memoria passionis eius:
mens impletur gratia:
et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.
|O Blessed feast, |
at which Christ is consumed:
may our memory recall his passion:
may our mind be filled with thanks:
and may we be given a pledge of future glory.
- Collegium Musicum Amsterdam conducted by Anthony Zielhorst.