Giaches de Wert (1535-96): O sacrum convivium

De Wert’s setting of the Antiphon for Second Vespers at Corpus Christi is an overlooked but fascinating piece of music that gives us an insight into this High Renaissance composer whose music deserves to be ranked alongside that of Willært, de Lassus, and Palestrina. It’s a stately piece of music setting a liturgical text based…

Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Hoc enim sentite in vobis

This more than somewhat madrigalian motet was published in 1581 in de Wert’s Il Secondo libro de motetti a cinque voci when he was at the height of his compositional powers. It’s SATTB and  takes its text from Philippians 2:5-11 and has an interesting musical structure in which the second half of the motet is…

Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Providebam Dominum

De Wert was a Fleming who worked in Northern Italy for most of his life. 1 He had a very considerable influence both during his lifetime and for many generations after his death not least because of his strong influence on Claudio Mon­tever­di studied under him. He was a renowned madrigalist and his approach to…

Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Gaudete in Domino

De Wert is yet another one of the Flemish composers imported by the mid-to-late sixteenth century Italian aristocracy to sing and glorify God and themselves although not necessarily in that order. He worked in Northern Italy for most of his life and was tremendously influential both on his contemporaries and on future generations not least…