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In the mid-1680s Louis XIV ordered the publication by Ballard of fifty-six motets in part-books, leading to the wide distribution throughout the kingdom of the motet
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).
The second chapter, "How (not) to Write a Motet: The Exemplary In virtute/Decens," turns to Phillipe de Vitry's motet and its depiction of the monster evoked in Horace's Ars poetica via tale a and hocket.
Motets was recorded at All Hallows Church Hampstead, Motets was recorded at All Hallows Church Hampstead, London, in January and the wonderful choir was PolyphoLondon, in January and the wonderful choir was PolyphoPolyphony, conducted by Stephen Layton.
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.
The petit motets display an intimacy, a great spiritual sensitivity, and deep piety.
In the final chapter, Dillon returns to the polytextual motet applying to a number of pieces in the first fascicle of the Montpellier Codex insights derived from the study of devotional books.
The concert opened with the short, spirited motet by Palestrina Surge illuminare and was followed by an impeccable performance of the Missa Papae Marcelli.
The placement of the work's multiple monitors--they rest facing inward on pedestals forming a twenty-nine-and-a-half-foot circle at the center of a darkened room--is strongly reminiscent of another audio installation, Janet Cardiff's Forty-Part Motet, 2001.
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).