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…)

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…)

Giovanni P. da Palestrina • Hodie Christus natus est

PalestrinaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Hodie Christus natus est is one of my favorite Christmas motets. It is written for double choir, with two superius, altus and bassus in the first choir and altus, two tenors and bassus in the second choir, which gives this motet a quite interesting sound in terms of texture. It was published in the third book of motets, printed in Venice in 1575. (mais…)

Great Dates: “Palestrina and the Rise of the Violin

A documentary by Howard Goodall.

«The year is 1564 and Europe is still reeling from the effects of the Reformation. The sacred music of the two churches Catholic and Protestant was developing in completely different ways. Instrumental music was also rapidly gaining in importance as was ballet, championed by Catherine de’ Medici, Queen of France. From the violin, which dominated her dance bands, the orchestra would emerge.» (mais…)

Giovanni P. da Palestrina’s ‘Ave Maria’ a 8

Digital edition of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s setting of Ave Maria. This work is set for two choirs SATB. The Ave Maria a 8 is extant in one of the various Vatican (I-Rvat) manuscripts containing music by Palestrina. I must say that, in some occasions, I have the feeling that this work is not only by Palestrina but has later additions, like the example of the Stabat Mater a 8, which has further additions by Felice Anerio. Despite any misattributions this is still a fantastic work. This is edition is transposed a tone downwards and original note values were kept. (mais…)