Vespers – Deus in adiutorium

I’m quite often asked ‘What is Vespers?’  Vespers is a one of the liturgical Hours or "offices" that are celebrated at defined moments of the day. The word comes from Latin ‘vespera’ which means ‘evening’ and the office of Vespers was held1 between 5 and 6pm (17:00 – 18:00). Vespers followed a strict pattern: 1:…

Giovanni Paolo Cima (1570- 1630): Exaudi Domine

Cima’s Exaudi Domine takes its text from Psalm 26:7b,9b in the Clementine Vulgate, it’s one of his Concerti Ecclesiastici published in Milan in1610. It’s set for two voices and continuo and is a perfect example of Cima’s skilful and innovative blending of a somewhat ornamented secular declamatory style being used in sacred music. Enjoy :-).…

Robert White (±1538-1574): Domine, quis habitabit (III)

Mid-sixteenth century English composers were great admirers of Josquin and sought to emulate him. His psalm motets were particularly admired and pretty much everyone tried their hand at least once, White was no exception this is his setting of Psalm 14 – you might find it interesting to contrast it with Byrd’s setting about  which…