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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Surgam et circuibo civitatem

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September 3, 2014

Surgam et circuibo civitatem (I will arise and go about the city) is the eighteenth in the series of motets based upon The Song of Solomon that he wrote in 1583 and received its first of many publications the next year in Rome. Palsestrina assembled the biblical texts and set them for performance by the devotional groups that flourished at that time under the influence of the Oratorian movement of St Philip Neri. Enjoy :-)

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Jonathan Battishill (1738-1801): O Lord, look down from heaven

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August 30, 2014

Battishill started his musical career as a choirboy at St Paul's which developed after his voice changed into a fine tenor, but it was his ability as an organ player and his prodigious musical memory that really impressed his contemporaries. He had hoped for a position at St. Paul's as organist but a tendency to excessive consumption of alcohol – particularly after his wife eloped to Dublin with an actor, put paid to that hope. He retained nevertheless a close connection to St. Paul's where he is buried. His anthem O Lord, look down from heaven takes its text fron Isaiah 64 and was most likely composed with the acoustic of St Paul's in mind it's a curiously old-fashioned piece that reminds many quite strongly of Elizabethan era music. Enjoy :-).

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Dilectus meus mihi

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August 27, 2014

'My beloved is mine' is the seventeenth of Palestrina's motets in the set of twenty-nine that set verses from the Song of Songs. As with all these settings Palestrina's setting is very concise and in some ways quite plain the better to make it easily performable by groups of varying compositions and levels of ability. Enjoy :-).

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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 :-)

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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 :-).

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