Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Sepulto Domino Tenebrae Responsory For Holy Saturday

For this year’s Holy Saturday posting I’ve picked Victoria’s responsory ‘Sepulto Domino’ (‘When the Lord was buried’). It’s part of Victoria’s music for the ceremonies of the Passio et mors Domini nostri Iesu Christi which consists of nine Lessons from the Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet, and eighteen Responsories  for the services called Tenebrae (Matins…

Francisco Guerrero: O Domine Iesu Christe

Guerrero’s  O Domine Iesu Christe was composed in 1570 for Palm Sunday. Guerrero uses an undivided four-part choir to create an expansively melodic work of beauty that anticipates The Passion. It’s sung here by Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by David Hill, you’ll find the the recording, text, and a translation to English below the fold.…

Prætorius: Nun helft mir Gottes Güte schon preisen (New Year’s Carol) – Westminster Cathedral Choir

Like "Quem Pastores Laudavere" which I wrote about on December 7th last (See: Prætorius: Quem Pastores Laudavere – Westminster Cathedral Choir) "Nun helft mir Gottes Güte schon preisen" was published in Wolfenbüttel in 1621 and is from Prætorius’ Puericinium. It’s another example of his attempts to make the Baroque Style of music available to Lutheran…