Feature: Alessandro Grandi (±1586 – 1630): Salve Regina

This wonderful setting of the Salve is a particularly fine example of what a talented composer does when confronted with artistic restrictions. Grandi was one of those composers who flourished in Venice during Monteverdi’s time and in his shadow. He’d held posts as a maestro di capella in Ferrara, and had previously sung and studied…

Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612): Verbum caro factum est

Hassler’s six-part motet was published in Augsburg in 1591 in Cantiones sacrae de festis praecipuis totius anni Its text is from John 1:14 and it’s sung both during Christmas Matins, and for the Annunciation. There are quite a few voice configurations possible SSAATB, SSATBB, SSATTB, AATTBB and SAATTB and is very Italianate in style as…