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Cristóbal de Morales (±1500-1553): Salve Regina

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August 26, 2013

Cristóbal de Morales' four-part setting of the Salve plainly belongs to his years in his native country rather than his time Rome firstly because of the chant melody he employs and secondly because of it's typically Spanish structure. In the recording below the plainchant you can hear alternatim is that of the Sevillian music theorist Luys de Villafranca published in 1565. Enjoy :-).

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Documentary Series BBC Symphony: 2/4 Beethoven and Beyond – YouTube

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August 25, 2013

The second in a series of four documentaries from the BBC in which Simon Russell Beale explores the symphony. Enjoy :-)

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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Adoramus te Christe – Coro Giovanile Italiano; Dir.: Dario Tabbia

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August 24, 2013

Monteverdi's motet 'Adoramus te Christe' was one of those published in Bianchi’s first book of motets in 1620. As to the text it's plainly a variant of 'Christe, adoramus te' but so far as I know its source and the occasion for which it was written remain unknown. It's sung below by the Coro Giovanile Italiano (Italian Youth Choir) conducted by Dario Tabbia in a performance given of June 15th 2013 at the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Milano, as part of the twenty-second Festival Corale Internazionale. Enjoy :-)

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Josquin Des Prez (±1450-1521): Tu solus qui facis mirabilia – Taipei Chamber Singers, Taiwan; Dir.: Chen Yun-Hung – YouTube

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August 23, 2013

Josquin composed this motet during the 1480s  for performance by the choir of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza of Milan as one of a series of Motetti Missales – motets intended to be sung in place of the everyday text of the Mass Ordinary.  It consists of linked duets and clear chordal homophony and quotes in the second part 'D'ung aultre amer' the popular French love song  on which he based his Missa D'ung aultre amer. The excellent performance of it that you can hear below was given by the Taipei Chamber Singers, of Taiwan directed by Chen Yun-Hung during the 22nd 'Festival Corale Internazionale - La Fabbrica del Canto' on Saturday June 15th 2013 at the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Milan. Enjoy :-).

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Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599): Lauda mater ecclesia – YouTube

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August 22, 2013

Guerrero, along with other Spanish composers such as Andrés de Torrentes, Juan Navarro and Juan Esquivel wrote a setting of 'Lauda mater ecclesia' for the Feast of St Mary Magdalen (July 22nd). Guerrero's setting is almost dance-like in its use of the Spanish triple time rythmn called 'sesquialtera', (you'll sometimes see this called 'tiempo de proporción'). 'Lauda mater ecclesia' was replaced for general usage in 1603 by Cardinal Bellarmine's 'Pater superni luminis' but continued to be used by the Dominicans, who, as far as I know, sing it to this day.

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