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…)

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…)

The Victoria Collection [Prize]

VictoriaWell, for me, this is the match of the year. In the 400th anniversary of Tomas Luis de Victoria’s death the two giants of the English early music scene release their packs entitled  “The Victoria Collection”: The Tallis Scholars vs. The Sixteen. So… who will win? Tomas Luis de Victoria will, for sure. (mais…)