Edition Michael Procter

Renaissance choral music

Editions of sacred renaissance vocal music by the late Michael Procter

Editions of sacred
renaissance music by the late Michael Procter.
Revised and made available by Robin Rigby.
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EMP1138 Croce, Giovanni Sit nomen Domini benedictum
ATB (+SATB) bc Holy Name of Jesus (Sunday between Jan. 1 and Epiphany) £4.00
A composite text drawing on references in several psalms, and presumably compiled by Croce himself. This version is a fourth below the high-clef original.
EMP1621 Croce, Giovanni Sit nomen Domini benedictum
ATB (+SATB) bc Holy Name of Jesus (Sunday between Jan. 1 and Epiphany) £3.00
A composite text drawing on references in several psalms, and presumably compiled by Croce himself. This ripieno score is a fourth below the high-clef original.
EMP1635 Croce, Giovanni Sit nomen Domini benedictum
ATB (+SATB) bc Holy Name of Jesus (Sunday between Jan. 1 and Epiphany) £8.00
A composite text drawing on references in several psalms, and presumably compiled by Croce himself. This is the set of parts for the ripieno chorus and basso continuo.
EMP0944 Croce, Giovanni Tres sunt qui testimonium
SATTBB (+SATB) bc Marian Feasts £4.75
A marianised version of the familiar liturgical text, including: Tres sunt qui testimonium hodie de Virgine virginum dant in caelo etc. Very possibly intended, like much of Croce's extra-liturgical music, for a celebration at one of the Venetian Scuole Grande, for which he provided much music over a period of some 20 years.
EMP1629 Croce, Giovanni Tres sunt qui testimonium
SATTBB (+SATB) bc Marian Feasts £3.00
A marianised version of the familiar liturgical text, including: Tres sunt qui testimonium hodie de Virgine virginum dant in caelo etc. Very possibly intended, like much of Croce's extra-liturgical music, for a celebration at one of the Venetian Scuole Grande, for which he provided much music over a period of some 20 years. This is the ripieno score.
EMP1643 Croce, Giovanni Tres sunt qui testimonium
SATTBB (+SATB) bc Marian Feasts £8.00
A marianised version of the familiar liturgical text, including: Tres sunt qui testimonium hodie de Virgine virginum dant in caelo etc. Very possibly intended, like much of Croce's extra-liturgical music, for a celebration at one of the Venetian Scuole Grande, for which he provided much music over a period of some 20 years. This is the set of parts for the ripieno chorus and basso continuo.
EMP0864 Croce, Giovanni Verbum caro factum est
SAT (+SATB) bc Christmas £4.00
A delightful Christmas piece, setting a familiar mediaeval text (also found under the title In hoc anni circulo). Typical of the Sacre Cantilene Concertate, it has three solo voices and a 4-voice Ripieno (which can be multiplied in different parts of the church, with or without instruments) which joins in the tutti refrain.
EMP1623 Croce, Giovanni Verbum caro factum est
SAT (+SATB) bc Christmas £3.00
A delightful Christmas piece, setting a familiar mediaeval text (also found under the title In hoc anni circulo). Typical of the Sacre Cantilene Concertate, it has three solo voices and a 4-voice Ripieno (which can be multiplied in different parts of the church, with or without instruments) which joins in the tutti refrain. This is the ripieno chorus score.
EMP1637 Croce, Giovanni Verbum caro factum est
SAT (+SATB) bc Christmas £8.00
A delightful Christmas piece, setting a familiar mediaeval text (also found under the title In hoc anni circulo). Typical of the Sacre Cantilene Concertate, it has three solo voices and a 4-voice Ripieno (which can be multiplied in different parts of the church, with or without instruments) which joins in the tutti refrain. This is the set of parts for the ripieno chorus and basso continuo.
EMP0328 Anonymous Alma Redemptoris Mater
chant Marian Antiphon, Advent and Christmastide (until Purification) Chant notation (St. Meinrad) £2.50
This edition of the antiphon is a new transcription of the chant as given in the Hartker ms (St. Gall 390-391). It differs considerably from the official Vatican Edition (Antiphonale Monasticum) which claims to be based on the same source.
EMP1258 Gabrieli, Giovanni Confitebor tibi Domine a 13 (1615)
a 13: see description Respond, Office of the Dead £6.30
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.
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.
EMP1249 Gabrieli, Giovanni Omnes gentes
a 16: see description Ascension £6.00
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.
EMP1285 Hassler, Hans Leo Jubilate Deo a 15
a 15: see description Psalm-Motet, Christmas £6.00
This is the longest of Hassler's polychoral pieces, lasting about 5 minutes. It is scored for three groups made up as follows: TrTrSMT ATTBSb SMATB. The third group is the Capella, i.e. the vocal choir; the second group (actually called Primus Chorus, because it sings first) is surely for a solo Alto and four instruments, probably trombones with either a curtal (dulcian) or Bass trombone; the highest group, Secundus Chorus (the first in my list) is probably originally for solo Tenor and four instruments: these could be cornetti or strings. The text (Psalm 99 with variants) is often sung, but this spectacular setting is probably intended for Christmas use.
EMP0574 Handl, Jakob (Gallus) Two motets for Advent
various Motet general, Advent £4.00
Rorate coeli (SSATBB), a stirring piece, and O Sapientia (SATTB),very calm.
EMP1299 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Lamentations III (Fri.)
various Lesson (Lesung), Good Friday (Karfreitag) £6.30
Die drei 'Lesungen' für Matutin (Tenebrae) vom Karfreitag: I Heth (SATTB), II Lamed (SATTB), III Aleph (SSATTB)
EMP0298 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Lamentations III (Sat.)
various Lesson (Lesung), Holy Saturday (Easter Eve)(Karsamstag) £7.10
II Heth (SAATB), II Aleph (SATTB), III Oratio (SSATTB)
EMP0296 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Lamentations III (Thur.)
various Lesson (Lesung), In Cena Domini (Maundy Thursday, Gründonnerstag) £7.10
The three readings for the first Nocturn at Tenebrae (Matins) of Maundy Thursday from Palestrina's third set of Lamentations. I Incipit Aleph (SSATB), II Vau Et egressus (SATTB), III Jod Manum suum (SSATTB)
EMP1148 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Lamentations Liber III
various Lesson (Lesung), Holy Saturday (Easter Eve)(Karsamstag) £.00
Michael Procter never completed his latest revision of Palestrina's third book of Lamentations, with original note values. Instead, we recommend the three component volumes: EMP0296 Maundy Thursday, EMP1299 Good Friday and EMP0298 Holy Saturday.
EMP0583 de la Rue, Pierre Missa pro Defunctis
various Mass Propers, Requiem £6.00
Although the original cleffing clearly indicates transposition, we also offer the work here at original pitch. Some movements are in normal (SATB) clefs, while others use the rare Gamma-3 clef taking the lowest Bass voice down to bottom Bflat.
EMP1143 Procter, Michael Von Herzen will ich mich freuen
unison Introitus, Conception of BVM (December 8) £2.75
Another in a growing series of simple settings for liturgical use, originally composed for St Michael, Weingarten. This simple setting includes a congegational antiphon and two Psalm verses to be sung by the Cantor or Schola. (In German)
EMP0755 Wylkynson (Wilkinson), Robert Jesus autem transiens/Credo in Deum
13 tenors Non-liturgical £2.50
This unusual piece is one of two added by Robert Wylkynson in his own hand to the Eton Choirbook, after the index had already been written (the other is his magnificent 9-voice Salve Regina). Its text comprises two elements: the opening of the Magnificat Antiphon on the 3rd Sunday in Lent, and the Apostles’ Creed. Wylkynson, following a traditional scheme, allocates individual phrases of the Creed to each Apostle. The piece is in the form of a canon for 13 equal voices, given in the Tenor (C4) clef with frequent changes between this and the Alto (C3) clef to allow for the extension of the range to the high A. This version presents only a single sheert of music, as in the original.
EMP0756 Wylkynson (Wilkinson), Robert Jesus autem transiens/Credo in Deum
13 tenors Non-liturgical £5.00
This unusual piece is one of two added by Robert Wylkynson in his own hand to the Eton Choirbook, after the index had already been written (the other is his magnificent 9-voice Salve Regina). Its text comprises two elements: the opening of the Magnificat Antiphon on the 3rd Sunday in Lent, and the Apostles’ Creed. Wylkynson, following a traditional scheme, allocates individual phrases of the Creed to each Apostle. The piece is in the form of a canon for 13 equal voices, given in the Tenor (C4) clef with frequent changes between this and the Alto (C3) clef to allow for the extension of the range to the high A. This version presents a possible realisation, fully written out for 13 voices.
EMP0751 Croce, Giovanni Missa super Jubilate Deo
Four choirs Mass Ordinary, General Use £18.50
This only four-choir mass by Croce was apparently written at the request of Archduke Ferdinand, later Emperor Ferdinand II, who met Croce while in Venice in 1598. A parody, whose source has not yet been identified, it is a magnificent piece whose ideal scoring would seem to be (I) a vocal choir SATB, (II) solo Alto/Tenor and three trombones, (III) solo Baritone and three higher instruments, the top one probably a cornett, (IV) solo Alto and three low instruments such as curtal/dulcian. However, all but the highest and lowest parts are capable of being sung, and our edition provides underlay for all parts. Performing material available includes full score, chorus scores and single voice/instrument parts: please ask for details. The price quoted is for the full score
EMP0757 Croce, Giovanni Missa super Jubilate Deo
Four choirs Mass Ordinary, General Use £6.00
Chorus score Chorus I
EMP0758 Croce, Giovanni Missa super Jubilate Deo
Four choirs Mass Ordinary, General Use £6.00
Chorus score Chorus II
EMP0759 Croce, Giovanni Missa super Jubilate Deo
Four choirs Mass Ordinary, General Use £6.00
Chorus score Chorus III
EMP0760 Croce, Giovanni Missa super Jubilate Deo
Four choirs Mass Ordinary, General Use £6.00
Chorus score Chorus IV
EMP0761 Croce, Giovanni Missa super Jubilate Deo
Four choirs Mass Ordinary, General Use £48.50
Set of parts for all 16 voices including alternative clefs (25 parts)
EMP1274 Gabrieli, Giovanni Exaudi me Domine a 16 (1615)
Four choirs Respond, Office of the Dead £6.00
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.