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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.


Josquin/Narváez • Hosanna

In this third video of the vihuela music series is another example of the numerous intabulations and glosas on works by the famous Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521).

This is the “Hosanna” section from the Sanctus of Josquin’s Missa Faysant Regretz, for which are provided two glosas by Luys de Narváez (fl.1526-1549) present in the Quinto libro d’El Delphin de musica, printed in Valladolin in 1538. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #048

chantf. 23v

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 23 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. The folio has the end of tertiam. One can find the “rubric: procession BM, towards claustrum with Verbum caro (with verse and repetition), navi R Descendit, on (re)arrival of choir ant Hodie and other instructions on appropriate hierarchy of commemorations (Marian vs Stephen, John, innocent), and finally again R Verbum, this time without verse. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #047

chantf. 23r

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 23 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. Third, fourth and fifth antiphon of Lauds of Christmas. Antiphon Parvulus amended. Pencil scratching in right margin. New verse of the R Benedictus (some sources have this verse with the R Benedictus, most have V Lapidem quem reprobaverunt, cf. Antiphonaire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés 1101-1125). (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #046

chantIn this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 22 verso of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. We are at the last stages of Matins with responsories Verbum (versus Gloria) and Descendit (with stage direction ‘In navi ecclesiae’). “C major” in versus Tamque sponsus. We arrive at the start of Christmas Lauds with altered Quem vidistis antiphon (see Klosterneuburg 1000s, or Paris breviary 1200s) and at the end of Christmas Matins: Liber Generationis, and Te Deum (see Paris rubric). (mais…)