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…

Dresdner Kreuzchor: "Es kommt ein Schiff geladen" (Max Reger)

"Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen" (A laden ship is coming ), is a rather beautiful medieval Advent chorale and Marian hymn ascribed to Johannes Tauler (c.1300-1361). I believe it originated in the Strasbourg region – certainly that’s where the first manuscript containing it is from. Like many such hymns  (another example is "Maria durch ein…

Giovanni Rovetta (1596-1668): Beatus Vir

‘For the composition of the music and as master of the chapel, from among so many who could be found in Venice, Signor Rueti was chosen, and expressly ordered to assemble as many singers and instrumentalists as could be found in the city, in order to satisfy the magnificent projects of His Excellency, who desired…