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Peter Philips (1560-1628): Cantabant Sancti

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December 28, 2015

Holy Innocents - Rachel Weeping  "A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not." Matthew 2:18

Holy Innocents - Rachel Weeping
"A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not." Matthew 2:18

Philips  composed Cantabant Sancti (The Saints sing) In Festo SS. Innocentium – in honour of The Feast of the Holy Innocents which falls on December 28th and commemorates the massacre of the children by King Herod in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:16–18). It's a responsory and versicle that starts with just three voices but quickly develops into a full throated versicle that "bounces" the antiphonal singing with pleasing and strong rhythms.

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Peter Philips (1560-1628): Modo veniet Dominator

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December 8, 2015

Peter Philips' published his motet "Modo veniet Dominator" ("Soon shall come the Lord of Lords") in his 1612 Cantiones sacrae. It's got a delightfully cheerful finish with angelic choirs bouncing their ‘Noës’ around the skies. Enjoy :-).

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Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ave Regina cælorum

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October 19, 2015

Peter Philips' setting of the Marian antiphon Ave Regina cælorum (Hail, Queen of heaven) was published in his Cantiones Sacræ of 1612. It's a five-part (SSATB) setting very much in the new Roman style. The five-voice structure meant that he could vary the texture at will to reflect words or phrases in his text coupled with the sonority of his melismatic writing leads us through a sound world that is both beautiful and uniquely Philips' own. Enjoy :-).

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Peter Philips (±1560-1628): Surgens Jesus Dominus

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September 25, 2015

Richard Marlow captionedBack in May 2013 I posted a performance of Philips' wonderful Easter motet by the Tudor Consort (see: Peter Philips (±1560-1628): Surgens Jesus Dominus | Saturday Chorale – mfi) it's a fine performance of a superb piece of  music that's well worth your while listening to. I also greatly enjoy the somewhat more sedate performance of the motet given by The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge under Richard Marlow that you can hear below. It brings out other aspects of the motet not least Philips' use of triple time to portray the disciples' rejoicing at 'Gavisi sunt discipuli viso Domino' before moving on to the motet's resounding concluding Alleluia. Enjoy :-).

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Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ecce panis angelorum

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September 4, 2015

Ecce panis angelorum

Between 1612 and 1613 Philips engaged in a massive publishing effort publishing no less than three volumes of his church music. Ecce panis angelorum (Behold the bread of angels) is a sequence hymn for Corpus Christi the source of which is verses 11 and 12 of Aquinas' Lauda Sion Salvatorem. It's an eight-part setting – which means it was published in the 1613 volume of Cantiones sacrae octonis vocibus, it's Roman rather than Venetian in style and with alternating polyphony and plainsong. The musical textures are very rich. Enjoy :-).

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