Giovanni P. da Palestrina • Missa Emendemus in melius

PalestrinaI found these videos on YouTube of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa Emendemus in melius, an imitation mass for which the model was not yet been identified, but it looks like it would be a 4-voice motet. The mass was printed in the 7th book of masses, published in 1594. Palestrina exceeds himself in setting the second Agnus Dei. He expands the texture from four to five voices, adding a second tenor with a carefully controlled cannon between this voice and the bassus. (mais…)

Sebastián de Vivanco • O Rex gloriae

polifonia1aSebastián de Vivanco’s (1551-1622) double-choir motet O Rex gloriae. This work comes from his 1610 book of motets, printed in Salamanca. Here it is performed by Capilla Flamenca, dir. Dirk Snellings, and Oltremontano with their sackbutts and cornetts – a great recording, as is the rest of the CD that features many works from this book.

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Diogo Dias Melgaz • Memento homo

Listening2Memento homo is, in my opinion, probably one of Diogo Dias Melgaz’s most impressive works. This “miniature” motet for four voices (SATB) survives in two 18th-century choir books housed at the Patriarchal archives in Lisbon and at Évora Cathedral. It is quite impressive how Melgaz emphasises the text’s message Memento homo, quia pulvis in pulverem reverteris (Remember, man, that dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return) using dotted rhythms and short musical figures. (mais…)

Josquin/Narváez • Cum Sancto Spiritu

This is the second video (first video here) of the series I prepared on the intabulations for vihuela of sacred an vocal music from the Renaissance.

The composer featured in this video is Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521), one of the finest and most widespread composers of the Renaissance. His music is particularly important to the Iberian vihuelists, who use Josquin’s music widely. (mais…)

Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” and the “Beginning of Italian Opera”

MonteverdiThis is a part of the first episode, entitled “Beginnings”, of BBC’s three-episode series “Opera Italia”. This series is presented by Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This excerpt refers to Claudio Monteverdi’s favola in musica. (mais…)

Giovanni P. da Palestrina • Missa ” Hodie Christus natus est”

PalestrinaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa Hodie Christus natus est is an imitation mass based on the double-choir motet with the same name. Here Palestrina uses almost the same devices he used on the motet (cf. post on Hodie Christus natus est). This mass appears in a book of masses for eight voices printed posthumously in Venice in 1601. (mais…)