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The Fourth Book of Motets
(Settings of The Song of Songs)
The BBC Singers (A)
Conducted by Trevor Harvey
Osculetur me oscula oris sui
Trahe me post te
Nigra sum, sed formosa
Vineam meam non custodivi
Si ignoras te, 0 pulchra inter mulieres
Pulchrae sunt genae tuae Fasciculus myrrhae
Ecce tu pulcher es, dilecte mi
Giovanni Palestrina (1525-1594) was without doubt the most celebrated musician of his age. This period has often been called the 'Golden Age', for not only in Italy was there a great creative movement in music, but in other European countries, including England, where Byrd, Gibbons, Morley, and Tallis were making history. Palestrina wrote neady one hundred masses and twice that number of motets.
' Palestrina ', says
Sir Hubert Parry , ' afforded the most perfect examples of pure choral style. In his work the development of many centuries is summed up ; and practically he stands almost alone in scope and uniform perfection of artistic resourcefulness ... With him all is beauty of motion and tone ; expression of a passionate kind is never attempted. The music flows in crystalline and pellucid purity, mysterious and subjective, the very ideal of purely devotional art.'
Further programmes in this series will be broadcast on Wednesday (Regional, 6.40), Thursday (Regional,
7.30), Friday (National, 9.50), and Saturday (Regional, 6.0).


Conducted By: Trevor Harvey
Unknown: Giovanni Palestrina
Unknown: Sir Hubert Parry

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