Posts Tagged ‘ Motets ’

Robert Carver (fl 1484– 1567): O bone Jesu

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October 20, 2014

Robert Carver (or Carvor) was an Augustinian monk whose compositions are the source of the Carvor Choir book. He was evidently musically very ambitious, as you can hear from his nineteen part motet  O bone Jesu (SSSAATTTTTTTTTTTBBB). It's a very assured piece of music that illustrates in a quite spectacular manner how the English fondness for full sonorities was shared by their Scots brethren it also presents a technical challenge equalled only by Tallis' Spem in Alium   Enjoy :-).

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Pulchra es amica mea

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October 1, 2014

Pulchra es amica mea (Thou art beautiful, O my love) is the twenty-second in the series  of twenty-nine motets based upon Song of Songs published by Palestrina to meet the demand for music to be sung at the meetings of the many religious groups, orders, and sodalities springing upduring the religious revival then taking place in Italy . Enjoy :-).

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Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa (±1561–1613): Ave dulcissima Maria

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September 29, 2014

In 1603 Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa published two collections of motets under the title of 'Sacrae Cantiones'. The first volume or Sacrarum cantionum quinque vocibus Liber primus to give it its full title consists of 19 motets for 5 voices of which Ave dulcissima Maria is the ninth. It's a very balanced and beautiful piece of music with some wonderful chromatic harmonies. Enjoy :-).

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Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672): Surrexit pastor bonus, SWV469

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September 26, 2014

When Schütz was appointed Kapellmeister at the court in Dresden in 1617 he set to work composing music to be performed at all the civic and religious occasions of the court. One of the pieces he composed was this SATB Easter motet 'Surrexit pastor bonus' (The Good Shepherd is risen) the text of which is a responsory for the second day of Easter. It's a cheerful and optimistic piece that bubbles over with joy. Enjoy :-).

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Dilectus meus descendit

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September 24, 2014

Dilectus meus descendit (My beloved has gone down) is the twenty-first in the series of Palestrina's chamber motets which draw upon the sensual language and imagery of  The Song of Songs. Enjoy :-)

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