Perotin (Magister Perotinus): Beata Viscera | Marianne Lihannah, Mezzo Soprano




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Published on Feb 15, 2012

"This recording sounds best, when it is played loud enough for you to hear all the drones in the background, right from the beginning".
The mezzo soprano Marianne Lihannah sings this divine processional Marian hymn which couldn't have been composed before year 1220. It is by 'Perotin' also known as 'Perotin Magister' or 'Perotin the Great' or 'Magister Perotinus'
The words are by Phillip de Chancellor a French Theologian and Latin Medieval Lyric Poet.

Blessed be the womb of the virgin Mary, at whose breast the King of illustrious name, concealing in another guise the power of his divinity, has sealed a pact between God and Man'.

'O Wondrous Novelty and unprecedented joy of a mother still intact after giving birth'

The mysteries of the Mosaic Law are resolved. The tree sprung from the mystic rod, unknown in nature. Water gushing from the stone, a pilar showing the way to God's people are favourable signs.

'O Wondrous Novelty......

The eye cannot bear to look freely on the sun, as it rises in the air in all it's purity. Then let it behold that sun from the side, as it is reflected, in the womb of a pregnant woman, where it is enclosed entire.

'O Wondrous Novelty...... *************************************************************
There is actually a fourth verse which I haven't recorded as I was afraid of the chant seeming too long.

I hope you enjoy this, - I was inspired to record it after listening to 'Vox Clamantis, weekend Guitar Trio's wonderful recording of it. And I am grateful to my singing teacher Michael Deason-Barrow for giving lots of help with interpreting this ancient notation and with singing this beautiful Gregorian Chant. I am also very thankful to Greg Tricker for letting me use photos of his stunning art work of Mary.

Go well,

Marianne Lihannah



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