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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Introduxit me rex in cellam

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July 23, 2014

The first edition of these motets published in Rome in 1584 by Alessandro Gardano made no mention of the fact that they consisted entirely of texts drawn from the Canticum Canticorum – The Song of Songs. As Gardano and Palestrina became more confident of their acceptance subsequent editions mentioned the fact explicitly with phrases such as motettorum ex canticis Salomonis or Salomonis nimirum cantica on their title pages. They need hardly have bothered word had spread about the beauty of these latest madrigali spirituali and of how they could be sung by all kinds of small singing groups in low- or high-pitch performance. They sold like hot cakes so much so that there were multiple editions printed between 1587 and 1613. Introduxit me rex in cellam (The king brought me to his wine cellar;) is the twelfth in the series and like so many of its companions Palestrina's music matches perfectly the sensuality of the text. Enjoy :-)

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Sicut lilium inter spinas

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July 16, 2014
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Palestrina - Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (Song of Songs)

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Sicut lilium inter spinas (As the lily among the thorns) is the eleventh in the series of twenty-nine motets composed by Palestrina as a sort of vocal chamber music for performance by groups looking for music to be sung during private non-liturgical devotional meetings. The demand was high both because of the religious revival sweeping Italy but also because Palestrina's music like Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa, and indeed much else of the religious art of the period tapped into a deep vein of sensuality. Enjoy :-).

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Vulnerasti cor meum

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July 9, 2014
This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Palestrina - Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (Song of Songs)

The tenth in his series of chamber motets bases on texts from the Song of Songs Vulnerasti cor meum was published in Rome published in 1584 in Rome in the Motettorum Quinque Vocibus LIBER QUARTUS. As with all these motets Palestrina's intent was that they could be performed by groups of varying abilities and resources.  Enjoy :-)

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Fasciculus myrrhae dilectus meus

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June 25, 2014
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Palestrina - Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (Song of Songs)

Fasciculus myrrhae dilectus meus (A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me) is the seventh in the series of twenty-nine motets composed by Palestrina for performance by diverse groups in Rome and Italy. Like all these motets it's a form of vocal chamber music whose five parts could be sung by groups with slender musical ressources. It was this flexibility that allowed Palestrina (and his publishers) to ride the wave of religous fervour then sweeping Italy and to become quite wealthy from the sales. This particular motet has always been one of my favourites in the series. Enjoy :-).

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Pulchrae sunt genae tuae

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June 18, 2014
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Palestrina - Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (Song of Songs)

The sixth of the set of motets based upon the Song of Songs composed by Palestrina for performance by prayer groups and sodalities Pulchrae sunt genae tuae was published in 1584 by the renowned printer Alessandro Gardano. Enjoy :-).

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