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Renaissance choral music

Editions of sacred renaissance vocal music by the late Michael Procter

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Editions of sacred
renaissance music by the late Michael Procter.
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EMP1124 Isaac, Heinrich De Apostolis Officium
SATB Mass Propers, Feasts of Apostles £6.00
A revised and enlarged edition of the Propers for Feasts of Apostles from the Choralis Constantinus. Introit: Mihi autem nimis; Alleluia: Non vos me elegistis; Sequence: Clare sanctorum senatus; Communion: Ego dico vobis
EMP0545 Regnart, Jacob Tollite jugum meum
SSATB Respond, Feasts of Apostles £3.00
One of the most attractive motets of the prolific Jacob Regnart, a setting of the familiar text (Take my yoke upon you) from St. Matthew, best known from its setting in Handel's Messiah.
Propers of Saints
EMP0327 Anonymous Responsum acceperat Simeon
SMATBaB Respond, Purification BVM, Candlemas, Presentation of Christ (February 2) £5.00
This splendid piece, some eight and a half minutes in length, is attributed to Josquin in the only printed source - Cantiones septem, sex et quinque vocum... Augsburg, M. Kriesstein, 1545 (RISM 1545/3 reprint 1546/5)- but the attribution has been rejected on stylistic grounds. It is nonetheless a fine piece and well worth singing.
EMP0717 Byrd, William Gradualia 05 In Festo Purificationis (BMV)
SMATB Mass Propers, Purification BVM, Candlemas, Presentation of Christ (February 2) £7.10
It is with this collection of pieces that Byrd's first book of Gradualia opens. These are the Propers for the Mass of the Purification: Suscepimus (versions for Introit and Gradual, with the Antiphon reused), Alleluia: Senex puerum and Tract: Nunc Dimittis (for when the Feast falls after Septuagesima), Offertory: Diffusa est gratia and Communion: Responsum accepit Simeon. Diffusa est gratia is reused from its position as Gradual verse for the Feasts of the Annunciation and Assumption, but Byrd omits to set the final phrase or to provide a perfect cadence, which the editor has provided.
EMP0316 Victoria, Tomas Luis de Ne timeas Maria
SATB Motet general, Annunciation (March 25) £3.00
A simple yet very beautiful piece.
EMP0661 Byrd, William Mass propers for the Feast of SS Peter and Paul
SSATTB Mass Propers, SS Peter and Paul (June 29) £5.00
For the two feasts of St Peter, this and St Peter's Chains, Byrd provided the only 6-voice Propers in his great Gradualia - an obvious homage to the Roman Catholic Church, to which he remained loyal despite the very real dangers for Catholics in England at the time. The music is grand, as befits its intention.
EMP0965 Croce, Giovanni Laudans exultet gaudio
SATB SATB St James (July 25) £4.00
A version of the piece with the text adjusted to suit the Feast of St James (Jacobus).
EMP0527 Byrd, William Solve iubente Deo
SSATTB Magnificat Antiphon, St. Peter in Chains (S. Petri ad Vincula)(August 1) £3.00
A magnificent piece, one of the few for 6 voices in the Gradualia associated with the feasts of St Peter. The text is both Magnificat Antiphon at Vespers and Alleluia verse in the Mass. Byrd's print omits almost all the text for obvious political reasons; it has been reconstructed here.
EMP0695 Brumel, Antoine Sicut lilium
SATB Antiphon, Assumption BVM (August 15) £2.50
This short but beautiful piece by Brumel is a setting of a text from the Song of Songs: As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. The piece exists in several variant versions. The present edition is taken from the Medici Codex, a splendid choirbook produced under the supervision of Jean Mouton.
EMP0726 Croce, Giovanni Anima mea liquefacta est
SATB ATTB Antiphon, Assumption BVM (August 15) £4.00
EMP0725 Croce, Giovanni Laudans exultet gaudio
SATB SATB Assumption BVM (August 15) £4.00
I have been unable to find either a liturgical place or any other setting of this text which is obviously for the Assumption. I suppose it to have been composed for a celebration at one of the Scuole Grande in Venice, for which Croce was for many years in charge of the music. The motet provides for other feasts by giving an alternative text 'in honore beati N' etc.
EMP0840 Croce, Giovanni O viri Veneti
SATTB (+SATB) bc Assumption BVM (August 15) £4.75
This is one of the pieces assumed to have been composed for performance at one of the Venetian Scuole Grande, where Croce was in charge of the musicians during his position as Vice-Maestro at San Marco. It has a text which can be adapted to suit any Saint, male or female (the published text refers to 'beatus N/beata N' for example), and includes a prayxer for 'fraternitatem istam', i.e. this Confraternity. The piece is available in adapatations to any Saint, this version has the original text.
EMP1136 Croce, Giovanni O viri Veneti
SATTB (+SATB) bc Assumption BVM (August 15) £4.75
This is one of the pieces assumed to have been composed for performance at one of the Venetian Scuole Grande, where Croce was in charge of the musicians during his position as Vice-Maestro at San Marco. It has a text which can be adapted to suit any Saint, male or female (the published text refers to 'beatus N/beata N' for example), and includes a prayxer for 'fraternitatem istam', i.e. this Confraternity. The piece is available in adapatations to any Saint, this version is in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
EMP1625 Croce, Giovanni O viri Veneti
SATTB (+SATB) bc Assumption BVM (August 15) £3.00
This is one of the pieces assumed to have been composed for performance at one of the Venetian Scuole Grande, where Croce was in charge of the musicians during his position as Vice-Maestro at San Marco. It has a text which can be adapted to suit any Saint, male or female (the published text refers to 'beatus N/beata N' for example), and includes a prayxer for 'fraternitatem istam', i.e. this Confraternity. This version is in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the ripieno score.
EMP1639 Croce, Giovanni O viri Veneti
SATTB (+SATB) bc Assumption BVM (August 15) £8.00
This is one of the pieces assumed to have been composed for performance at one of the Venetian Scuole Grande, where Croce was in charge of the musicians during his position as Vice-Maestro at San Marco. It has a text which can be adapted to suit any Saint, male or female (the published text refers to 'beatus N/beata N' for example), and includes a prayxer for 'fraternitatem istam', i.e. this Confraternity. This version is in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the set of parts for the ripieno chorus and basso continuo.
EMP1278 Gabrieli, Giovanni O quam gloriosa a 16
a 16: see description Assumption BVM (August 15) £6.30
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.
EMP0724 de Rore, Cipriano Descendi in hortum meum
SSAATTB Antiphon, Assumption BVM (August 15) Keith Bennett and Michael Procter £4.75
A lovely Song of Songs setting in the unusual scoring for 7 voices, offered a tone lower than the original pitch.
EMP0021 Byrd, William Mass propers for the Feast of the Nativity BVM
SATBaB Mass Propers, Nativity BVM (September 8) £6.00
The archetypal Mary Mass, providing most of the familiar segments re-used in many of the other Propers. Its atypical ad aequales scoring (TrMATBa) means it can be transposed to suit: I offer it at two standard ranges, either a tone or a fourth lower than the original (equivalent to SATBaB for mixed or male voices).
EMP0764 Byrd, William Mass propers for the Feast of the Nativity BVM
SATBaB Mass Propers, Nativity BVM (September 8) £6.00
The archetypal Mary Mass, providing most of the familiar segments re-used in many of the other Propers. Its atypical ad aequales scoring (TrMATBa) means it can be transposed to suit: I offer it at two standard ranges, either a tone or a fourth lower than the original (equivalent to SATBaB for mixed or male voices).
EMP0753 Isaac, Heinrich Nativitatis Marie Officium
SATB Mass Propers, Nativity BVM (September 8) £4.00
Mass propers from Choralis Constantinus: Introit - Gaudeamus omnes/Cum iocunditate, Alleluia - Nativitas Virginis, Communio - Diffusa est. The Introit poses a considerable puzzle as it offers dual texts, one of which is from the Office and has nothing to do with the Mass.
EMP1112 Tallis, Thomas Salvator mundi I
SAATB Antiphon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) £3.00
Revised version with original note values.
EMP1603 Tallis, Thomas Salvator mundi I
SAATB Antiphon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) £2.50
EMP0243 Tallis, Thomas Salvator mundi II
SATTB Antiphon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) £2.50
This version is transposed up a third for mixed voices.
EMP0588 Tallis, Thomas Salvator mundi II
SAATB Antiphon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) £2.50
This version is at original pitch.
EMP1189 Tallis, Thomas Salvator mundi II
SAATB Antiphon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) £3.00
This version with original note values is at original pitch.
EMP1232 Tallis, Thomas Salvator mundi II
SATTB Antiphon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) £3.00
This version with original note values is transposed up a fourth for mixed voices.
EMP0512 Willaert, Adrian O Crux splendidior
SATBaB Antiphon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) £4.75
A splendid piece, some 7 minutes long. Available in versions for mixed and for male voices.
EMP0334 Croce, Giovanni Stabat Mater
SATB SATB Sequence, Seven Sorrows of Mary (Maria perdolens), (September 15) £2.50
Simple faburden/'Anglican chant' setting
EMP0129 Josquin des Pres Stabat Mater...Christe verbum
SAATB Sequence, Seven Sorrows of Mary (Maria perdolens), (September 15) Manuscript edition £4.75
Another Marian piece retexted by the Protestants!
EMP0568 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Stabat Mater dolorosa
SATB SATB Sequence, Seven Sorrows of Mary (Maria perdolens), (September 15) £5.00
The famous double-choir setting, here offered in a revised edition with original note-values, a fourth lower than the high clef original. Altos in 'octave treble' tenor clef.
EMP1091 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Stabat Mater dolorosa
SATB SATB Sequence, Seven Sorrows of Mary (Maria perdolens), (September 15) £5.00
The famous double-choir setting, here offered in a revised edition with original note-values, a fourth lower than the high clef original. Altos in treble clef.
EMP0524 Anerio, Felice Factum est silentium
SATB Respond, St. Michael Archangel (September 29) £3.00
One of the best of the four-part pieces of Anerio, and a very effective setting of the text. Besides the settings by Deering and Mouton there is also a splendid double-choir setting by Croce.
EMP1605 Anerio, Felice Factum est silentium
SATB Respond, St. Michael Archangel (September 29) £3.00
One of the best of the four-part pieces of Anerio, and a very effective setting of the text. Besides the settings by Deering and Mouton there is also a splendid double-choir setting by Croce, recently added to our catalogue. This version is one tone higher than the original.
EMP0642 Croce, Giovanni Factum est silentium
SATB SATB Respond, St. Michael Archangel (September 29) £4.00
A fine setting of the highly descriptive text.
EMP0964 Croce, Giovanni Laudans exultet gaudio
SATB SATB St Francis (of Assisi) (October 4) £4.00
A version of the piece with the text adjusted to suit Feasts of St Francis (Franciscus).
EMP0544 Regnart, Jacob O decus Trebnitiae
SSATTB Magnificat Antiphon, St. Hedwig (October 15) £4.00
A splendid piece whose scale indicates something of the esteem in which Hedwig - Patrona Silesiae - was held. She was born daughter of Count Berthold III of Andechs in 1174, married Henry I (The Bearded) and thus became Duchess of Silesia and Poland. She founded with her husband the Cistercian nunners of Trebniz, near Wroclaw (Breslau) to which she retired on the death of her husband and son in 1238. She died there in 1243 and was buried near her husband in the Abbey church where they both still lie.