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John Sheppard (±1515-1558): Æterne Rex altissime

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October 13, 2015

The hymn Aeterne Rex altissime (Eternal king most high) is rather more than a thousand years old. It was first cited by the Saxon monk, theologian and poet  Gottschalk of Orbais (808 AD -867 AD) and included the 9th-century New Hymnal.  Sheppard's setting would have been intended to be sung at Vespers on Ascension Day, it's for five voices and based on its style I think he must have composed it during Queen Mary's reign rather than during the reign of Henry VII. Enjoy :-).

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Felice Anerio (±1560-1614): Regina caeli laetare (a8)

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July 9, 2015

Photo: Apse Mosaic Santa Maria Maggiore. Photo Credit: Carlos Quijano Jr

Photo: Apse Mosaic Santa Maria Maggiore.
Photo Credit: Carlos Quijano Jr

Anerio's eight part setting of this Marian Antiphons is a perfect example why his contemporaries considered him to be a worthy successor to Palestrina as official Papal composer. It combines beautiful flowing polyphony combined with homophonic passages and shifts in timing. As you might expect from Palestrina's successor the textual clarity is impeccable throughout. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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BBC Documentary – the Genius of the Monteverdi’s Vespers (HD) – YouTube

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June 14, 2015

One of the superb series of documentaries featuring Simon Russell Beale, with The Sixteen, and Harry Christophers. Enjoy :-)
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BBC Documentary talks about Monteverdi's Vespers and about his relationship with the Duke of Mantua, 4th April 2015.

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Simon Russell Beale travels to Italy to explore the story of the notorious Duke of Mantua and his long-suffering court composer Claudio Monteverdi during the turbulent times of the late Italian Renaissance. Out of the volatile relationship between the duke and the composer came Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, a major turning point in western music. The Sixteen, led by Harry Christophers, explore some of the radical and beautiful choral music in this dramatic composition.

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Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Vadam et circuibo civitatem

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May 30, 2015

De Victoria published this lovely motet which takes its text from the Song of Songs in 1572. It's a six-part setting characterised by considerable variety in the rhythms and textures with which de Victoria decorates the linear homophony. Enjoy :-)

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Robert Ramsey (fl c1612-1644): In monte Oliveti

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March 17, 2015

Ramsey's madrigal-anthem probably dates from around 1615 and was written for private devotions rather than the liturgy. It's a six-part setting that with its harmonic tensions, repetitions, and use of declamation and and dissonance can sound surprisingly modern to our ears. Enjoy :-).

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