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    • Matthaeus Pipelare ( ±1450 – ±1515): Missa L'homme Armé - Duration: 31 minutes.

      • 1 week ago
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      Matthaeus Pipelare was a southern Netherlandish composer who flourished in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. I can tell you almost nothing about his life because the only thing abou...
    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Missa Veni Sponsa Christi - Duration: 24 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
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      Palestrina's four-part setting of the Mass Missa Veni sponsa Christi, for 4 voices was published in 1599 in Venice in the Missarum liber nonus. It is, as the name would lead you to expect, based up...
    • Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Beata viscera Magnificat a 4 - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
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      Monteverdi composed several settings of the Magnificat. In this four-part alternatim setting which was published in the 1640 Selva morale et spirituale he incorporated the chant as a cantus firmus ...
    • William Cornysh The Elder (d 1502): Ave Maria, Mater Dei - Duration: 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 587 views
      It used to be thought that this beautiful Marian motet was by William Cornysh the younger but following some research by David Skinner published in 1997 it's now thought to be by his father William...
    • Easter Greetings 2015 - Postquam factus homo - markfromireland - Duration: 7 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 567 views
      I wish you all a happy and holy Easter. - markfromireland

      The troped introitus chant Postquam factus homo (Once made man) was sung at the Easter and Coronation Mass of St. Edward The Confessor in ...
    • Arvo Pärt (b1935): Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem - Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
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      When we think of the Passion settings we tend to think of Bach's settings of the St. Matthew and St. John Passions but in fact composers both before and after Bach have set the Passion although non...
    • Attr. John IV, King of Portugal (1604–56): Crux Fidelis - Duration: 2 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 594 views
      Crux Fidelis is the eight verse of the hymn beginning Pange lingua ('Sing, my tongue') by Saint Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (c530-c609). It's sung on Good Friday during the Adoration...
    • Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623): Give ear, O Lord - Duration: 4 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      The text of Weelkes' anthem 'Give ear, O Lord' is from William Hunnis' (d1597) collection of devotional texts 'An humble sute of a repentant sinner for mercie' it's a penitential text and there are...
    • Franz Josef Haydn (1732–1809): Stabat Mater - Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
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      Franz Josef Haydn (1732–1809): Stabat Mater

      "I set to music with all my power the highly esteemed hymn, called Stabat Mater" - Franz Josef Haydn.

      Haydn's setting of the Stabat Mater is a full-sc...
    • Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Forgive me, Lord my sin - Duration: 5 minutes, 40 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 596 views
      Very little is known about this piece, we don't know when Tallis composed it, or for whom, or for what occasion. But it appears in both editions of James Clifford’s published collections of anthem ...
    • John Taverner (±1490–1545): O splendor gloriae - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 4 months ago
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      Taverner's Jesus antiphon O splendor gloriae probably dates from Taverner's later years in Boston and was most likely a commission from the Boston Guild of Corpus Christi, to Taverner he belonged. ...
    • Dieterich Buxtehude (±1637-1707): O clemens, o mitis, o coelestis Pater, BuxWV 82 - Duration: 7 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 536 views
      The text of O clemens, o mitis, o coelestis Pater (Oh gracious, oh gentle, oh heavenly Father), is a free poetry meditation based on the parable of the prodigal son from Luke 15 and verses from Psa...
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    • William Cornysh The Elder (d 1502): Ave Maria, Mater Dei - Duration: 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 587 views
      It used to be thought that this beautiful Marian motet was by William Cornysh the younger but following some research by David Skinner published in 1997 it's now thought to be by his father William...
    • Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623): Give ear, O Lord - Duration: 4 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 437 views
      The text of Weelkes' anthem 'Give ear, O Lord' is from William Hunnis' (d1597) collection of devotional texts 'An humble sute of a repentant sinner for mercie' it's a penitential text and there are...
    • Orlande de Lassus (±1530-1594) Exaudi, Deus, orationem meam - Duration: 2 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
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      De Lassus' four-part setting of the first verses of Psalm 55 is unusual precisely because it is a four-part setting. Less than a quarter of his surviving motets are for four parts. It's a lovely pi...
    • Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585) Wipe away my sins, O Lord - Duration: 5 minutes, 18 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 1,132 views
      When the First Book of Common Prayer was introduced on Whitsunday, 9 June 1549 the need for a repertory of service music in the vernacular became urgent. One way of plugging the gap was to make use...
    • Sebastián de Vivanco (±1550-1622): Versa est in luctum - Duration: 5 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 902 views
      Sebastián de Vivanco was one of the leading Spanish composers of his time. He was born in Avila – the same town as de Victoria, and as you can see from his birth and death dates was de Victoria's ...
    • Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) Magnificat A Sei Voci - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 10 months ago
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      Cavalli was born in Crema in February 1602 the son of Giovanni Battista Caletti Bruni, who at that time was maestro di cappella in Crema's Cathedral. He had a particularly beautiful voice, so much ...
    • Jean Lhéritier (±1480—±1552) Surrexit Pastor Bonus - Duration: 4 minutes, 15 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
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      Jean Lhéritier's Paschal motet Surrexit Pastor Bonus (The good shepherd has arisen) would have been sung during Mass on Easter day in the Julian Chapel in the Vatican. It was composed sometime befo...
    • Cristóbal de Morales (±1500-1553) O Sacrum Convivium - Duration: 4 minutes, 46 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 6,674 views
      Cristóbal de Morales' "O Sacrum Convivium" is a 5 part Communion motet that probably dates from his time in Rome. Its gentle and understated style was greatly admired by Palestrina who used it as t...
    • Thomas Tallis (circa 1505-1585) Spem in alium - Duration: 9 minutes, 54 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 3,139 views
      Tallis' 40 part motet 'Spem in Alium' is a responsory from the Historia Iudith. It's a through-composed motet for forty parts and for many people it represents the epitome of English polyphony. Ta...
    • Johannes Mangon (±1525 -- 1578) Salve Regina -- Augsburger Domsingknaben - Duration: 4 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 1,649 views
      Johannes Mangon's setting of the Salve Regina in which plainsong alternates with four-part polyphony is one of the most beautiful settings of the motet I know of. Johannes Mangon (±1525 -- 1578) wa...
    • O beatum et sacrosanctum diem - Peter Philips - Duration: 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
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      Philips' celebratory motet "O beatum et sacrosanctum diem" written for performance on Christmas day and published in his "Cantiones sacrae" in, 1612. It's performed here by the Choir of Trinity Col...
    • Duarte Lobo (±1565-1646): Pater Peccavi - Duration: 110 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 1,310 views
      Pater peccavi is the second of only two motets by Duarte Lobo known to have survived. It's a companion piece to 'Audivi vocem de cælo' whose opening motif it shares with the first interval being in...
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