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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea

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August 20, 2014

Palestrina's set of motets based upon the song of songs was wildly popular not least because their emotional range was such that depending on how the group singing a particulat motet chose to sing it whether to emphasise the intimate, and sensual side of the motets or as you can hear below to stress their public, sacred and motet-like nature. Enjoy :-)

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Surge, propera, amica mea

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August 13, 2014

While I was researching this posting I came across this performance of Surge, propera, amica mea (Rise up, make haste, my love,) given by the Spanish choir Coro Musicalia at a concert given on May 20th 2012 at the Iglesia de El Salvador, Valladolid. I was impressed and enjoyed it greatly, I hope that you will too.

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Vox dilecti mei

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August 6, 2014

Vox dilecti mei is the fourteenth of Palestrina's motets based upon the Song of Songs. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Richard Davy (±1465-1538): Salve Regina

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August 5, 2014

Davy was one of the first of the new generation of English composers who flourished under the Tudors. His setting of the Salve is free-composed throughout making no reference to the chant. It's very distinctly English and quite unlike anything that his contemporaries in Italy, France or theLow Countries would have composed.  There's a sweetness there, a depth of feeling, that's quite unique, it's not easy music to sing and the fact that Davy could compose music of this scale and quality is the clearest possible indication that English choirboys were expected to achieve a high level of professional virtuosity to sing music that tested their powers of concentration and their command of vocal technique as never before. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Laeva eius sub capite meo

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July 30, 2014

Laeva eius sub capite meo (His left hand is under my head) the thirteenth in the set of twenty-nine motets based upon the Song of Songs is a striking and strikingly sensual piece of music – it's sacred music certainly but like so many of these motets it makes a lot of use of word-painting to match the sesuous text.  Enjoy :-)

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