Sacred music: Part 1: Motets and Hymns

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A-R Editions, Inc., 2010 - Music - 223 pages
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Antoine Boesset (1586-1643), surintendant de la musique de la chambre to Louis XIII, has long been known as one of the most important composers active in early seventeenth-century France, but until recently he was believed to have produced only secular airs de cour. This edition presents for the first time Boesset┐s newly identified sacred works, a repertory of some seventy compositions for the nuns of the Royal Abbey of Montmartre, Paris. Scored for multiple high voices, bass and basse continue, Boesset┐s works include three complete mass ordinary settings (through composed and alternatim), Te Deums and Magnificats (again both through composed and altneratim), psalms, and a number motets for important feasts and ceremonies at Montmartre. Montmartre was also one of the first religious houses to adopt so-called ┐plain chant musical,┐ a type of newly composed or modified chant. Several works of the edition make particular use of this kind of chant, most notably the alternatim hymn settings, which use unusual metered versions of the newly composed hymn chants in alternation with the polyphony. Boesset┐s compositions for Montmartre represent by far the largest single repertory of sacred music from the reign of Louis XIII, and, while not showing the influence of the newest Italian practices, nevertheless anticipate several of the musical techniques previously associated with Henri Dumont, in particular the use of the basse continue. These works thus fill a significant gap in our understanding of musical developments in seventeenth-century France and demonstrate that sacred music of the highest quality emerged during a period that scholars have long dismissed as being of little interest.
 

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Contents

Alma Redemptoris Mater
3
Anna mater Matris
7
Ave Maria 1
20
Ave per cor suavissimum Jesu
24
Ave Regina caelorum
28
Ave salus mundi
32
Ave virginum gemma Catharina
36
Benedicimus te
39
Sancta Maria
136
Tu es Petrus
139
Tu es vas electionis
143
Veni Sancte Spiritus
150
Vir Domini Benedictus
153
Hymns
157
Ad caenam Agni alternatim
158
Alleluja O filii et filiae
159

Domine salvum fac regem 1
48
Domine salvum fac regem 4
57
Duo seraphim
59
14a Duo seraphim alternative opening
63
Ecce panis Angelorum
64
Fons aquae vivae
66
Hic est beatissimus
72
O athletum invictissimum
76
O crux ave
82
O Doctor optime
84
O Pastor aeterne
90
O quam suavis
93
O sacrum convivium
96
Popule meus
98
Pretiosus Domini Dionysius
102
Regina caeli 1
106
Regina caeli 2
111
Regina caeli 3
114
Regnum mundi
117
Salve Regina 1
121
Salve Regina 2
126
Salve Regina 3
131
Aurea luce alternatim
167
Ave maris Stella alternatim
171
Ave mater pia alternatim
175
Christe redemptor omnium Conserva alternatim
178
Christe redemptor omnium Ex Patre
181
Claris conjubila alternatim
182
Dionysii martyris alternatim
186
Iste Confessor alternatim
190
Jesu nostra redemptio alternatim
193
O gloriosae virgines
197
O salutaris hostia
199
Pange lingua Corporis
201
Pange lingua Certaminis
205
Quam pulchra es
208
53a Quam pulchra es alternative refrain
210
Veni Creator Spiritus alternatim
211
Critical Report
217
Critical Commentary
218
Appendix
222
Pange lingua Certaminis verse 2
223
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