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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea

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August 20, 2014

Palestrina's set of motets based upon the song of songs was wildly popular not least because their emotional range was such that depending on how the group singing a particulat motet chose to sing it whether to emphasise the intimate, and sensual side of the motets or as you can hear below to stress their public, sacred and motet-like nature. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Gonzalo Martinez de Bizcargui (fl 1490-1538): Salve Regina

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August 18, 2014

Gonzalo Martinez de Bizcargui was born at Azkoitia in the province of Gipuzkoa, in northern Spain's Basque Country, only one of his works - the setting of the Salve that you can hear here is known to have survived. In his time his musical theories were quite influential and he rose from a singer in Burgos Cathedral's capilla to be Bishop's chaplain and subsequently chaplain to the Chapel of the Visitation. He published two treatises:

1. Arte de canto llano y contrapunto e canto de órgano.
2. Intonationes nuevamente corrigidas porel mesmo Gonzalo Martínez de Bizcargui, según uso de los modernos.

His Salve Regina for four voices is preserved in Burgos. It's a transitional piece with its roots in late Spanish late medieval music but looking forward to the dawning renaissance. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Surge, propera, amica mea

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August 13, 2014

While I was researching this posting I came across this performance of Surge, propera, amica mea (Rise up, make haste, my love,) given by the Spanish choir Coro Musicalia at a concert given on May 20th 2012 at the Iglesia de El Salvador, Valladolid. I was impressed and enjoyed it greatly, I hope that you will too.

mfi

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Vox dilecti mei

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August 6, 2014

Vox dilecti mei is the fourteenth of Palestrina's motets based upon the Song of Songs. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Laeva eius sub capite meo

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July 30, 2014

Laeva eius sub capite meo (His left hand is under my head) the thirteenth in the set of twenty-nine motets based upon the Song of Songs is a striking and strikingly sensual piece of music – it's sacred music certainly but like so many of these motets it makes a lot of use of word-painting to match the sesuous text.  Enjoy :-)

mfi

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