Edition Michael Procter

Renaissance choral music

Catalogue of editions by the late Michael Procter

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Title Catalogue number Price
Gabrieli, Giovanni
Gabrieli, Giovanni (c. 1557 - 1612) Show the biography
Beata es virgo Maria EMP1294 £3.00
SSATBB Scoring legend Marian Feasts ISMN M-2056-1294-8
The 6- and 7-voice a capella motets of Gabrieli are among his loveliest, but are usually overshadowed by the large-scale pieces for voices and instruments. We are publishing all the small-scale pieces.
Buccinate in neomenia EMP1319 £5.90
a 19: see description Scoring legend Ascension ISMN M-2056-1319-8
Gabrieli’s Buccinate in neomenia is, with 19 parts or ‘voices‘ the largest-scale piece in his second set of Sacrae Symphoniae 1615. It is scored for four ‘choirs’ cleffed as follows: MATBSb TrSMABa ABBBSb SATB (Cap.)The parts specifically marked ‘Voce’ in the print are: the topmost voice in each of the low choirs, the lowest voice in the high choir (just as instructed by Michael Praetorius). Also typical is the choral Cappella with its pure vocal clefs SATB. Gabrieli’s performance ideal would therefore be something like: Solo Alto and three trombones; Solo Baritone (most unusual!) and four high instruments, from either the cornett or the violin family; Solo Alto and four trombones; Chorus with all remaining singers. The text is a composite one drawn from several psalms, but seems mostly applicable to Ascension: the piece was presumably composed fo the 'Sposalizio' ceremony in which the Doge symbolically married the sea on behalf of the Serenissima.
Cantate Domino EMP1306 £2.00
SAATTB Scoring legend Non-liturgical - Motet general ISMN M-2056-1306-8
The 6- and 7-voice a capella motets of Gabrieli are among his loveliest, but are usually overshadowed by the large-scale pieces for voices and instruments. We are publishing all the small-scale pieces. This piece opens the 1597 collection: O sing unto the Lord a new song: look out, here is a new sort of music!
Confitebor tibi Domine a 13 (1615) EMP1258 £5.80
a 13: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1258-10
Scored for three choirs: SATTB SMABa SATB and organ. The third choir is as usual the vocal Capella. The other two choirs can perfectly well be sung - they are both in vocal clefs - but Ch I could be a solo Soprano and four instruments, Ch II a solo baritone and three instruments. Most of the concerted pieces are comparatively short; in this case the final section of the piece is repeated, giving it a length of about 5 minutes.
Exaudi Deus à 12 (1615) EMP1275 £5.00
a 12: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1275-7
A setting of the first three verses of Psalm 54 (55). The opening of the Psalm is set as an Offertory during Lent; this large-scale setting was presumably for a non-liturgical performance. Scored for three choirs, SMAT TBaBSb SATB: the third choir is the vocal Capella, Choir I would normally be a solo Tenor with three high instruments, Choir II a solo Tenor with three low instruments.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1681 Vocal score
EMP1682 Primus chorus
EMP1683 Secundus chorus
EMP1684 Tertius chorus (capella)
EMP1685 Set of parts
Exaudi Deus à 12 (1615) EMP1681 £3.75
a 12: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1681-6
The vocal score omits the instrumental parts: Cantus, Altus and Octavus from Primus chorus and Quintus, Nonus and Bassus from Secundus chorus.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1275 Full score
EMP1682 Primus chorus
EMP1683 Secundus chorus
EMP1684 Tertius chorus (capella)
EMP1685 Set of parts
Exaudi Deus à 12 (1615) EMP1682 £3.00
a 12: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1682-3
The Primus chorus with Basso pro organo
Alternative version(s):
EMP1275 Full score
EMP1681 Vocal score
EMP1683 Secundus chorus
EMP1684 Tertius chorus (capella)
EMP1685 Set of parts
Exaudi Deus à 12 (1615) EMP1683 £3.00
a 12: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1683-10
The Secundus chorus with Basso pro organo
Alternative version(s):
EMP1275 Full score
EMP1681 Vocal score
EMP1682 Primus chorus
EMP1684 Tertius chorus (capella)
EMP1685 Set of parts
Exaudi Deus à 12 (1615) EMP1684 £3.00
a 12: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1684-7
The Tertius chorus (capella) with Basso pro organo
Alternative version(s):
EMP1275 Full score
EMP1681 Vocal score
EMP1682 Primus chorus
EMP1683 Secundus chorus
EMP1685 Set of parts
Exaudi Deus à 12 (1615) EMP1685 £25.00
a 12: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1685-4
A set of parts.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1275 Full score
EMP1681 Vocal score
EMP1682 Primus chorus
EMP1683 Secundus chorus
EMP1684 Tertius chorus (capella)
Exaudi Domine EMP1307 £2.00
SAATTB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-1307-5
The 6- and 7-voice a capella motets of Gabrieli are among his loveliest, but are usually overshadowed by the large-scale pieces for voices and instruments. We are publishing all the small-scale pieces. This piece sets the first verse of Ps. 16 (17).
Exaudi me Domine a 16 (1615) EMP1274 £5.00
Four choirs Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1274-10
A remarkable piece of late Renaissance polychoral writing, with extraordinary use of the madrigalian 'sospiri' figure. Denis Arnold wrote of its 'polyphonic web full of rich dissonance and ending with a grand plagal cadence.' It is a setting of a variant of the 'Libera me', presumably composed for the death of a prominent person, perhaps Doge Grimani (+ 1605). Scored for four vocal choirs, SATB SATB ATTB ATTB but obviously instruments may double or substitute for voices.
Hodie Christus natus est EMP1261 £3.00
SATB SATB Scoring legend Christmas ISMN M-2056-1261-10
A contrafactum of Gabrieli's madrigal O che felice giorno. It appears that the composer retexted the piece himself, and it has become well-known in its own right.
In ecclesiis EMP1248 £6.60
a 14: see description Scoring legend Non-liturgical ISMN M-2056-1248-1
One of the best-known of Gabrieli's large-scale pieces. It was probably composed for one of the annual 'Redentore' celebrations in Venice; its text derives in part from the liturgy for Holy Trinity. Its scoring is very specific: a group of 6 instruments (3 cornetti, viola and two trombones), four solo voices SATT and a 4-voice Capella or ripieno choir SATB. A chorus score is also available. This version has a realised organ part based on one published on the Internet, whose arranger I have been unable to contact. The alternative version presents the original (unfigured) organ part. Instrumental parts, including an organ part with a blank right hand, are available on request.
In ecclesiis EMP1253 £9.50
a 14: see description Scoring legend Non-liturgical ISMN M-2056-1253-5
One of the best-known of Gabrieli's large-scale pieces. It was probably composed for one of the annual 'Redentore' celebrations in Venice; its text derives in part from the liturgy for Holy Trinity. Its scoring is very specific: a group of 6 instruments (3 cornetti, viola and two trombones), four solo voices SATT and a 4-voice Capella or ripieno choir SATB. A chorus score is also available. This version presents the original (unfigured) organ part. The alternative version has a realised organ part based on one published on the Internet, whose arranger I have been unable to contact. Instrumental parts, including an organ part with a blank right hand, are available on request.
In ecclesiis: chorus score EMP1273 £4.00
a 14: see description Scoring legend Non-liturgical ISMN M-2056-1273-3
This reduced score includes all vocal parts and organ, with an outline of the instrumental group.
Jubilate Deo a 10 (1615) EMP1276 £6.60
a 10: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1276-4
This setting from Gabrieli’s posthumous 1615 collection of Symphoniae Sacrae, is – like the piece in the 1613 print - a setting of a composite text which seems to relate to the Nuptial Mass: it is not a straightforward setting of Psalm 100 (the Anglican’s ‘Jubilate’ from Matins.) The print specifies only two voices, Mezzosoprano (high countertenor) and Tenor, with the following instruments: 2 cornetti and bassoon, 5 trombones, and organ. All except the highest cornetto part (even the lowest Bass which descends to low C) are marked 'e Voce si placet', so the piece may be performed with as many singers are available.The overall cleffing is: MT (solo voices); TrSATTTBSb, org. It opens with an (optional) instrumental Sinfonia for all 10 instruments.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1686 Set of parts
Jubilate Deo a 10 (1615) EMP1686 £22.00
a 10: see description Scoring legend Office of the Dead - Respond ISMN M-2056-1686-1
A set of parts.
Alternative version(s):
EMP1276 Full score
Magnificat a 14 (1615) EMP1251 £6.60
a 14: see description Scoring legend General Use - Vesper Canticle ISMN M-2056-1251-1
One of the least well-known of Gabrieli's large-scale pieces. It would have been most appropriate for a Marian Feast but can of course be sung at any time. It is cleffed TrSMAT MTBaBSb MATB and bc. The third choir is the Capella, in which all parts are sung (but can be doubled, for example by strings). Choir I is probably for a solo Tenor and four high instruments, Choir II for solo Soprano and four trombones or similar. Instrumental parts are available on request.
Magnificat a 8 1597 EMP1259 £3.75
SMAT ATTB Scoring legend General Use - Vesper Canticle ISMN M-2056-1259-7
The least ambitious of the surviving Magnificat settings, this is nonetheless a fine piece, from the 1597 collection. The same collection includes a setting for twelve voices: the 1615 collection includes another 12-voice setting as well as one for 14 and one for 17 voices, while incomplete manuscript sources document one setting for 20 or 28 voices, and another for 33 voices.
Magnificat a 8 1597 EMP1281 £3.75
SMAT ATTB Scoring legend General Use - Vesper Canticle ISMN M-2056-1281-8
Up a tone.
Maria Virgo 1597 EMP1318 £4.00
TrTrSMA TBBBF Scoring legend Marian Feasts ISMN M-2056-1318-1
The celebrated piece with a range of 4 octaves. Although the scoring is not specified in the print, the piece clearly requires: in the high choir Solo Alto and four high instruments (most likeley cornetti, possibly with a tenor cornett or viola); in the lower choir (called Primus Chorus because it sounds first) a Solo Tenor and four low instruments, probably trombones with perhaps a curtal as Bass. There is an organ part in the Augsburg manuscript which is incorporated in the edition.
Miserere 1597 EMP1092 £3.00
SATBaBaB Scoring legend ISMN M-2056-1092-10
A revised edition of a marvellous piece from Gabrieli's 1597 collection, with original note-values restored. The 6-voice pieces in the collection represent a starting point for Gabrieli's exploration of a new style: here he pays tribute to Josquin, but makes it clear that he is moving on.
O Jesu mi dulcissime 1597 EMP1256 £3.00
SMAT ATTB Scoring legend Christmas ISMN M-2056-1256-6
The earlier setting (the better-known setting is in the 1615 collection). Denis Arnold considered this one of the finest motets in the Sacrae Symphoniae, and it represents, rarely in a double-choir piece, the extremely affective side of Gabrieli's great genius.
O magnum mysterium EMP1255 £3.00
SMABa ATTB Scoring legend Christmas - Respond ISMN M-2056-1255-9
One of the best-known pieces of Giovanni Gabrieli, published in the 'Concerti di Andrea e Giovanni Gabrieli' of 1587. Its low second choir was probably performed with a solo falsettist and three sackbuts, but the piece is enirely in vocal clefs and a capella performance cannot be ruled out. Revised edition replacing our earlier one, and printing the alto voice in treble clef.
O magnum mysterium EMP1289 £3.50
SMABa ATTB Scoring legend Christmas - Respond ISMN M-2056-1289-4
One of the best-known pieces of Giovanni Gabrieli, published in the 'Concerti di Andrea e Giovanni Gabrieli' of 1587. Its low second choir was probably performed with a solo falsettist and three sackbuts, but the piece is enirely in vocal clefs and a capella performance cannot be ruled out. This version includes an editorial organ continuo (single line).
O quam gloriosa a 16 EMP1278 £5.80
a 16: see description Scoring legend Assumption BVM (August 15) ISMN M-2056-1278-8
This magnificent piece, one of Gabrieli's finest, is scored for four groups made up as follows: TrSST ATBaSb MATB TrATSb and Organ. The third group is the Capella, i.e. the vocal choir; the highest group is probably originally for solo Tenor and three instruments: these could be cornetti or strings with an appropriate low instrument; the second group is surely for a solo Alto and three instruments, probably trombones with either a curtal (dulcian) or Bass trombone; the fourth group is hard to identify; either the Alto or the Tenor must be sung, the other voices are for instruments. The text is otherwise unknown but clearly refers to the Assumption.
O quam suavis 1597 EMP1287 £3.00
SSAATBaB Scoring legend Corpus Christi - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-1287-10
O quam suavis is one of four 7-voice motets in Gabrieli’s 1597 collection Sacrae Symphoniae. The 6- and 7-voice motets which open the collection are often overlooked in favour of the large-scale pieces which follow, but in fact they represent some of the finest music which Gabrieli left us. This version has octave-Treble clefs for both Alto parts.
O quam suavis 1597 EMP1288 £3.00
SSAATBaB Scoring legend Corpus Christi - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-1288-7
O quam suavis is one of four 7-voice motets in Gabrieli’s 1597 collection Sacrae Symphoniae. The 6- and 7-voice motets which open the collection are often overlooked in favour of the large-scale pieces which follow, but in fact they represent some of the finest music which Gabrieli left us. This version has Treble clefs for the top 4 voices.
Omnes gentes EMP1249 £5.00
a 16: see description Scoring legend Ascension ISMN M-2056-1249-8
One of the best-known of Gabrieli's large-scale pieces. Its text derives from Psalm 46, from which are drawn many of the proper texts for the Feast of the Ascension. Its cleffing TrSMT ATBaSb MATB SATSb requires a minimum of three instruments, a cornett for the top line and two low instruments (Bass trombone or curtal/dulcian) for the low bass parts. However, the third choir is marked Capella, suggesting that this is a 4-part vocal choir; the other groups are probably intended for (I) Solo Tenor and 3 cornetti; (II) Solo Alto and three trombones, (IV) Solo Soprano and three trombones or strings. Instrumental parts are available on request.
Quis est iste a 10 EMP1296 £5.00
TrSMAT ATBaBB Scoring legend Non-liturgical ISMN M-2056-1296-2
The piece was conceived for two groups, each with a solo voice and instruments. Thus, the high choir (Secundus Chorus) would probably have had a solo Tenor and four high instruments (strings or cornets); the low choir (called ‘Primus Chorus’ because it sings first) a solo Altus (countertenor) and four low instruments, probably trombones, with a bass trombone or curtal on the lowest part. The Basso per l’organo was not included in the original print, the source is a manuscript partbook in Augsburg written out in 1636, which includes the 1587 Concerti as well as the 1597 collection. It combines text from Isaiah 63 and Psalm 24, and was possibly composed for an extra-liturgical celebration in connection with the Feast of the Precious Blood (July 1).
Sancta Maria succurre miseris EMP1295 £3.75
SAATTBB (bc) Scoring legend Marian Feasts ISMN M-2056-1295-5
The 6- and 7-voice a capella motets of Gabrieli are among his loveliest, but are usually overshadowed by the large-scale pieces for voices and instruments. We are publishing all the small-scale pieces.