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EMP1315 Byrd, William Infelix ego
SMATBaB Penitential £6.00
Infelix ego is a Latin meditation on the Miserere, Psalm 51, composed in prison by Girolamo Savonarola by 8 May 1498, after he had been tortured on the rack, and two weeks before he was burned at the stake in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence on 23 May 1498. The prison authorities had spared only his right arm during the preliminary torture, so that Savonarola would be able to sign his confession: after doing so, and in a state of despair at not being strong enough to resist the pain of his prolonged torture, he wrote Infelix ego and a portion of a companion meditation, Tristitia obsedit me, on Psalm 30. He was executed before he was able to complete Tristitia obsedit me. Byrd's powerful setting, like that of Lassus, conveys all the intensity of the text. In this version the Baritone part is printed in the Bass clef: the alternative version, no 1316, prints this voice in the same octave-Treble clef as the Tenor.
EMP1316 Byrd, William Infelix ego
SMATBaB Penitential £6.00
Infelix ego is a Latin meditation on the Miserere, Psalm 51, composed in prison by Girolamo Savonarola by 8 May 1498, after he had been tortured on the rack, and two weeks before he was burned at the stake in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence on 23 May 1498. The prison authorities had spared only his right arm during the preliminary torture, so that Savonarola would be able to sign his confession: after doing so, and in a state of despair at not being strong enough to resist the pain of his prolonged torture, he wrote Infelix ego and a portion of a companion meditation, Tristitia obsedit me, on Psalm 30. He was executed before he was able to complete Tristitia obsedit me. Byrd's powerful setting, like that of Lassus, conveys all the intensity of the text. In this version the Baritone part is printed in the same octave-Treble clef as the Tenor: the alternative version, no 1316, prints this voice in the Bass clef.
EMP0560 Lassus, Roland de (Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso) Infelix ego
SAATBaB Penitential £4.75
A stark setting of the opening passage of Savonarola's meditation on Psalm 50 (51) Miserere mei Deus. This text, which was already translated into many languages in the 16th century, was set by many composers. Lassus' setting, scored originally for mezzo, alto, alto, tenor, bass and subbass (ideal for male voices) is here offered a tone higher. Set in the Phrygian mode, which offers little scope for relief, it nonetheless moves from despair to confidence.
EMP0493 Willaert, Adrian Inviolata, integra et casta es Maria
SSMATTB Mary Sequence, Marian Feasts £4.75
A magnificent piece, scored for seven voices. It includes a triple canon as if to outdo Josquin's famous setting.
EMP1180 Victoria, Tomas Luis de Jesum tradidit impius (In Parasceve Resp. VIII)
AATB Tenebrae Responsories, Good Friday (Karfreitag) £2.50
This is our standard version, transposed a fourth lower.
EMP1203 Victoria, Tomas Luis de Jesum tradidit impius (In Parasceve Resp. VIII)
SSAT Tenebrae Responsories, Good Friday (Karfreitag) £2.50
Mixed-voice version, transposed down a tone.
EMP0425 Finck, Heinrich Jesus Christus salus nostra
SATTB Hymn, General Use £2.50
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.
EMP0778 Merulo, Claudio Jubilate Deo
SSATB £3.00
A setting of the whole of Psalm 99 and thus difficult to identify with any specific liturgy, although the whole Psalm is of course regularly chanted,
EMP0185 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Jubilate Deo
SATB SATB Psalm, Christmas £4.00
A splendid double-choir setting, printed as the final work in Palestrina's great Third Book of motets, which I have suggested he intended as a retrospective for his 50th birthday. The Psalm is set for Lauds of Feasts, including Christmas. A high-clef setting usually offered down a fourth.
EMP1687 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Jubilate Deo
SATB SATB Psalm, Christmas £4.00
A splendid double-choir setting, printed as the final work in Palestrina's great Third Book of motets, which I have suggested he intended as a retrospective for his 50th birthday. The Psalm is set for Lauds of Feasts, including Christmas. A high-clef setting here offered down a tone.
EMP1276 Gabrieli, Giovanni Jubilate Deo a 10 (1615)
a 10: see description Respond, Office of the Dead £7.10
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.
EMP1686 Gabrieli, Giovanni Jubilate Deo a 10 (1615)
a 10: see description Respond, Office of the Dead £22.50
A set of parts.
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.
EMP1293 Hassler, Hans Leo Jubilate Deo a 5
SSATB Psalm-Motet, General Use £4.00
This is one of several settings of Jubilate Deo by Hassler, for from 4 to 15 voices; this 5-voice setting was printed in his great collection Sacri Concentus of 1601. This version is a 4th below the high-clef original.
EMP1313 Hassler, Hans Leo Jubilate Deo a 5
SSATB Psalm-Motet, General Use £4.00
This is one of several settings of Jubilate Deo by Hassler, for from 4 to 15 voices; this 5-voice setting was printed in his great collection Sacri Concentus of 1601. This version is just a tone below the high-clef original.
EMP0832 Croce, Giovanni Jubilate Deo omnis terra
SSB (+MATB) bc Psalm at Lauds, Christmas £4.00
This splendid piece opens the 1610 collection. Like all the pieces in the collection it is scored for a group of soloists, and a 4-voice Ripieno which can be doubled or tripled in different parts of the church.
EMP1619 Croce, Giovanni Jubilate Deo omnis terra
SSB (+MATB) bc Psalm at Lauds, Christmas £3.00
This splendid piece opens the 1610 collection. Like all the pieces in the collection it is scored for a group of soloists, and a 4-voice Ripieno which can be doubled or tripled in different parts of the church. This is the Ripieno score.
EMP1633 Croce, Giovanni Jubilate Deo omnis terra
SSB (+MATB) bc Psalm at Lauds, Christmas £8.50
This splendid piece opens the 1610 collection. Like all the pieces in the collection it is scored for a group of soloists, and a 4-voice Ripieno which can be doubled or tripled in different parts of the church. This is a set of parts for the ripieno choir and basso continuo.
EMP1171 Victoria, Tomas Luis de Judas mercator pessimus (In Coena Domini Resp. V)
AATB Tenebrae Responsories, In Cena Domini (Maundy Thursday, Gründonnerstag) £2.50
This is our standard version, transposed a fourth lower.
EMP1194 Victoria, Tomas Luis de Judas mercator pessimus (In Coena Domini Resp. V)
SSAT Tenebrae Responsories, In Cena Domini (Maundy Thursday, Gründonnerstag) £2.50
Mixed-voice version, transposed down a tone.
EMP0141 Lassus, Roland de (Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso) Justorum animae
SSATB Offertorium, All Saints (November 1) £3.00
One of Lassus' most sublime pieces. Also the Offertory for Feasts of Martyrs. Here a fourth lower than the original.
EMP1123 Lassus, Roland de (Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso) Justorum animae
SSATB Offertorium, All Saints (November 1) £3.00
One of Lassus' most sublime pieces. Also the Offertory for Feasts of Martyrs. Here offered a third lower than the high-clef original.
EMP1133 Lassus, Roland de (Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso) Justorum animae
SSATB Offertorium, All Saints (November 1) £3.00
One of Lassus' most sublime pieces. Also the Offertory for Feasts of Martyrs. Here a tone lower than the original.
EMP0619 Szamotuł, Wacław z Już się zmierzka
SATB Evening use, General Use £2.50
One of the few Renaissance pieces with a Polish text which have found their way into the repertoire. A simple but effective setting of a prayer for protection during the night
EMP0779 Merulo, Claudio Laetabimur in salutari tuo
SAATBaB Communion, Lent £3.00
The text is the Communion on the Tuesday following the 4th Sunday in Lent.
EMP0143 Lassus, Roland de (Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso) Lagrime di S Pietro
SSAATTB Passiontide Manuscript edition £20.50
The final and greatest work of Orlandus Lassus, now recorded by Hofkapelle: a cycle of 21 movements - 20 sacred madrigals with Italian texts by Luigi Tansillo, and a final Latin motet, thought to be by Lassus himself. This practical edition is based on the edition by Therstappen (1935), corrected and where necessary transposed.
EMP1230 Victoria, Tomas Luis de Lamentations (complete)
SSAATTBB Lesson (Lesung), Triduum sacrum (Holy Week) £11.90
The three readings for the first Nocturn at Tenebrae on each of the three days of the Triduum Sacrum. The scoring varies from SSAT and SATB, to SSAATB and SSATTB. The final lesson on Saturday has an alternative ending for SATB SATB.
EMP0968 Croce, Giovanni Lamentations B (Good Friday)
SATB Lesson (Lesung), Good Friday (Karfreitag) £4.00
The set of three Lectiones from the Lamentations for Good Friday, from Croce's first set of Lamentations 1603.
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.
EMP1227 Victoria, Tomas Luis de Lamentations for Good Friday
SSAATB Lesson (Lesung), Good Friday (Karfreitag) £5.00
Victoria's print gives the title 'In Passione Domini' in place of the more usual 'In Parasceve.' The three readings for the first Nocturn at Tenebrae. The scoring varies: Lesson I is SATB, ending SSATB; Lesson II is SSAT, ending SSATB; Lesson III is SAATB, ending SSAATB.
EMP1228 Victoria, Tomas Luis de Lamentations for Holy (or Easter) Saturday
SSATTB Lesson (Lesung), Holy Saturday (Easter Eve)(Karsamstag) £6.00
The three readings for the first Nocturn at Tenebrae. The scoring varies: Lesson I is SATB, ending SSATTB; Lesson II is SSAT, ending SSATB; Lesson III is SSATTB, with an alternative ending for SATB SATB. Our standard version is a 4th below the original high pitch.