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Orlando Consort (David Gould, alto; Mark Dobell and Angus Smith, tenor; Donald Greig, baritone)

The Motet. Renaissance. From Du Fay to Guerrero

Ave Maria, by Loyset Compère and Quasi cedrus, by Francisco Guerrero

10/11/2017

Marian devotion flourished during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, which is reflected in the motets of the period. The Ave Maria by the Franco-Flemish composer Loyset Compère has two clearly differentiated sections: the Ave María per se (with a different text to the present), composed over a melodic ostinato in the tenor, and a kind of litany of great melodic beauty. Francisco Guerrero’s motet Quasi cedrus also has two sections. The first of them, with a contrapuntal texture, is based on a text from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, while the second is a musical setting of the prayer Tota pulchra es (based on the Songs of Songs).

 

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