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Schmidt is obviously well placed to write expertly on the motet repertoire, given his early book on text declamation in the fifteenth-century motet (Textdeklamation in der Motette des 15.
The third motet, "Ave Maria" by Josquin Des Pres, is probably the most sophisticated and best known of the three, at least to those who remember this part of their Music History courses (and used the Norton Anthology of Music).
e new recording features Benedictus, Agnus Dei and the closing chorale, God shall wipe away all tears Some wise words in'uence Motets. For another three pieces are taken from my album e Peacemakers - Healing Light, Dona nobis pacem and Peace, peace!
He was one of the most important composers of the century, whose works embraced almost all the musical genres, both sacred and secular, playing a vital role in the evolution of the motet and the Italian madrigal.
Visitors to The Forty Part Motet are encouraged to roam through the sound-filled spaces, experimenting with proximity, noting duration, feeling a pulse.
Sacred music expresses great joy, grandeur and a power that is awe inspiring--especially the grand motets. The petit motets display an intimacy, a great spiritual sensitivity, and deep piety.
How this approach works in practice is the stuff of Chapter 1 in which a range of text-critical approaches is brought to bear on a genre of prime interest to Dillon, and an aspect of it that has long puzzled musicologists, namely: In what sense do polytextual motets make sense?
which will include motets for Ascensiontide and Pentecost by Byrd, Tallis, Marenzio, Palestrina and Stanford as well as two pieces in praise of St Cuthbert, one by John Roper and the other by Paul Spicer.
The concert opened with the short, spirited motet by Palestrina Surge illuminare and was followed by an impeccable performance of the Missa Papae Marcelli.
Here she uses the oft-recorded motet Exsultate Jubilate as a kind of curtain-raiser to a survey of all the principal soprano arias from Le Nozze di Figaro (yes, she sings Cherubino, Susanna and the Countess, and the pieces are strung together in their sequence in the opera).