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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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Sebastián de Vivanco (1551-1622): O Rex gloriae

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September 19, 2014

This setting of O Rex gloriae by Vivanco would have been sung as the Antiphon to the Magnificat for Second Vespers at Ascension. It's a double-choir motet and was published in  1610 in Salamanca as part of a collection of his motets. Enjoy :-)

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Caput eius aurum optimum

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September 17, 2014

Caput eius aurum optimum (His head is as the finest gold) is the twentieth in the series of motets written to be sung in devotional gatherings of the kind popular in Italy as a result of the religious revival spearheaded by St. Phlip Neri in Rome in the 1560s and 1570s.  Enjoy :-).

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