Carissimi: Jephte (3/3) Le Parlement de Musique





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Published on Aug 1, 2008

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Giacomo Carissimi
Sacred Oratorio for 6 voices (SSSATB), organ and basso continuo
Composed: c. 1650

In this recording:

Jephte: Luca Dordolo, tenor
Filia: Elisa Franzetti, soprano
Stephan Van Dick, altus
Mercedes Hernandez, soprano
Emmanuelle Halimi, soprano
Stephan Imboden, bass

Le Parlement de Musique,
conducted by Martin Gester

Recorded in October 2000

Jephte is based on the biblical text from Judges, but the oratorio uses a considerably expanded text. Besides paraphrasing the biblical narrative the anonymous librettist has written entirely new texts for the dramatic moments.

The original accompaniment was only specified as a figured bass continuo for organ. Some editions add two treble instruments in addition to a bass instrument in the full choruses, doubling the top two parts and the bass part. Also, some performance guidelines suggest adding or substituting harpsichord in solo sections.

Further reading:


At the link above, you can find extensive information on topics below:

- Carissimi and the Birth of the Oratorio
- Notes on the composition of the oratorio, Jephte
- Translation of the oratorio text
- Recommended recordings
- Bibliography
- Web sites with more information

For Latin text with Spanish translation:


About the score: I had to edit the score to fit the way it was performed in this recording. At the final chorus (video part III), the repeat was performed differently, that is to say 12 measures were skipped at the second turn. I left alone, however, the variations of the text on recording compared to the score (i.e., at part XII, sung by Filia, during the passage where the text "et Israel victoriam" is sung, score repeats the words "et Israel" while the soprano repeats "victoriam" instead).

- Video part I:

I. Historicus - Alto solo:
Cum vocasset in proelium

II. Jephte - Tenor solo:
Si tradiderit Dominus

III. Historicus - Chorus:
Transivit ergo Jephte

IV. Historicus - Chorus S.2, S.3:
Et clangebant tubae

V. Historicus - Bass solo:
Fugite, fugite, credite, credite impii

VI. Chorus:
Fugite, fugite, credite, credite impii

VII. Historicus - Soprano 2 solo:
Et percussit Jephte

VIII. Historicus - Chorus S.2, S.3, A:
Et ululantes filii Ammon

IX. Historicus - Bass solo:
Cum autem victor Jephte

X. Filia - Soprano 1 solo:
Incipite in tympanis et psallite in cymbalis

XI. Chorus S.2, S.3:
Hymnum cantemus Domino

XII. Filia - Soprano 1 solo:
Cantate mecum Domino

XIII. Chorus:
Cantemus omnes Domino

- Video part II:

XIV. Historicus - Alto solo:
Cum vidisset Jephte

XV. Jepthe - Tenor solo:
Heu, heu mihi filia mea, heu!

XVI. Filia - Soprano 1 solo:
Cur ego te pater decepi

XVII. Jepthe - Tenor solo:
Aperui os meum ad Dominum

XVIII. Filia - Soprano 1 solo:
Pater mi

XIX. Jepthe - Tenor solo:
Quid poterit animam tuam

XX. Filia - Soprano 1 solo:
Dimitte me

XXI. Jepthe - Tenor solo:
Vade filia

XXII. Historicus Chorus S.2, S.3, A, B:
Abiit ergo in montes filia Jephte

- Video part III:

XXIII. Filia; Eco - Soprano 1; Soprano 2, 3:
Plorate, plorate colles

XXIV. Chorus:
Plorate, filii Israel


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