Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Hoc enim sentite in vobis

This more than somewhat madrigalian motet was published in 1581 in de Wert’s Il Secondo libro de motetti a cinque voci when he was at the height of his compositional powers. It’s SATTB and  takes its text from Philippians 2:5-11 and has an interesting musical structure in which the second half of the motet is…

Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Jerusalem, Jerusalem

De Wert was a Flemish composer who worked in Northern Italy for aristocratic patrons for most of his life. He was brought to Na­ples as a boy where his manifest talent was such that aged six­te­en he took up a post at the court of Novel­lara. While there he published several books of madrigals all…

Jacquet de Mantua (1483 -1559): Aspice Domine

I wrote about this five-part (SATTB) motet by Jacquet de Mantua featuring the performance by Delititiæ Musicæ under Marco Longhini back  in May. 1  I recently stumbled across this performance by the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford under Bill Ives, really it’s superb, don’t miss it. mfi