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Forthcoming Series: Vivaldi’s Sacred Music

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November 11, 2013

Up until the 1920s musicologists were unaware of the existence of Vivaldi's sacred vocal music. For many the suggestion that he had composed such music would have seemed odd since he had never been maestro di cappella at any church but in fact as we now know because Vivaldi’s own manuscripts came to light his […]


The Masses of Gregorio Allegri Part 1: Pierre Bonhomme (Bonomi)(±1555-1617) In lectulo meo

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November 11, 2013

Bonhomme was a Flemish composer who held served in the cathedral of St Lambert in Liège between 1580 and 1584. Some time after 1584 he moved to Rome and while there he was made a canon at the collegiate church of Ste Croix in Liège.  His motet 'In lectulo meo' is a melodious setting verses from the Song of Songs and is almost entirely antiphonal. It's chiefly famous for being the basis of Gregorio Allegri's 'Missa in lectulo meo' but is a worthwhile piece of music in its own right. It's sung below by the Choir of King's College London, conducted by David Trendel. Enjoy :-).

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Sunday Concert: Concerto Palatino Part 2 – YouTube

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November 10, 2013

The second part of a con­cert give on on August 31st 2011 at the Jacobikerk Ut­recht broad­cast by the Dutch Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing Or­ganiza­tion AVRO Girolamo Frescobaldi - Missa a 8 sopra l'aria della Monica:

  • Sinfonia per l'Introito:
  • Canzon 29 a 8,Kyrie,
  • Gloria,
  • Canzon dopo l'Epistola: Canzon seconda a 4,
  • Credo,
  • Ricercar cromatico dopo il Credo,
  • Sanctus, T
  • occata cromatica per l'Elevatione,
  • Agnus Dei,
  • Motetto per il Communio: In te Domine speravi a,
  • Postcommunio: Canzon quinta a 4.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - 'Beati omnes' a a12.

Enjoy :-)

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University College Dublin Choral Scholars 2012-2013: The Parting Glass

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November 9, 2013


The Parting Glass
Irish/Scottish Traditional Arr. Desmond Earley
Mark Waters (solo vocal)
Desmond Earley (director)
UCD Choral Scholars 2012-2013
Sound Recording and Production: Kevin Whyms
Direction: Matthew Leigh
Production: Nodlag Houlihan
Recorded and videoed on Sunday 7th April 2013 in Memorial Hall, University College Dublin, Ireland.
This video and the arrangement ⓒ & ⓟ Desmond Earley 2013

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): O Lord God of hosts

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November 8, 2013

Purcell Closterman Small Purcell only ever wrote three anthems scored for eight-part choir of which 'O Lord God of hosts' (Z37) is one. It's an early work which wrote by 1681 at the latest and it's more likely that he wrote it a year earlier. The text is from Psalm 80 and Purcell who loved nothing more than a desolate text responded by creating an anthem full of wonderfully rich vocal textures. The anthem starts with a choral section in which Purcell passes the imitative point between all eight voices and combines the slowly moving harmonic pulse with astonishingly detailed contrapuntalism. The second line 'Thou feedest them with the bread of tears' is scored for two trios of soloists first the lower voices and then two trebles and a tenor the effect of whose entry enhances the pathos of the text. The full choir makes a return at 'Thou hast made us a very strife …'  and there are some wonderful contrapuntal textures at 'and our enemies laugh us to scorn'. We then come to the five-part writing for 'Turn us again, O God of hosts …' for me this is the musical highpoint of the anthem with its rich harmonies and downright thrilling use of dissonance. Purcell ends the anthem by bringing back the chorus  who treat us to some remarkable eight-part counterpoint. Enjoy :-).

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