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Vulpius, Melchior

Melchior Vulpius (c.1570-1615) was a German Composer and schoolmaster. He was one of the most important Protestant composers of church music of his time in Germany. Together with his brother ...

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New Selection of Exquisite Motets (Volume III) : for 8 and 18 voices / Melchior Vulpius; transcribed and edited by Cees Wagemakers

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Vocal Ensemble (2-12)
Scoring: zang

El paraíso de tus ojos : for four singers (SATB) / Federico Favali; lyrics by Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Vocal Ensemble (2-12)
Scoring: zang

Languentibus in purgatorio : voor zangstemmen a cappella / Henk Badings

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Vocal Ensemble (2-12); Mixed choir; Male voice choir
Scoring: sopr alt 2ten bas / GK5 / sopr alt MK3

The City of the Soul : for 8 male voices; opus 18 / Marijn Simons

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Vocal Ensemble (2-12)

 

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New Selection of Exquisite Motets (Volume II) : for 6 and 7 voices / Melchior Vulpius; transcribed and edited by Cees Wagemakers

Publisher's number: 15473
Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Vocal Ensemble (2-12)
Scoring: zang
Remarks: Early Music Edition.
Year of composition: 1610
Status: Unique collection of Renaissance manuscripts transposed to contemporary notation. Hundreds of vocal works that had been hidden away in various libraries across Europe, now available for the first time, thanks to tireless work of editor Cees Wagemakers.

Other authors:
Wagemakers, Cees (editor)
Contains:
Dixerunt Iudæi ad Iohannem (4’30”)
Ascendit Ioseph a Galilæa (8’45”)
Beatus autor sæculi (à 6/4/8) (6’00”)
Postquam consummati sunt (4’45”)
Nunc dimittis (5’30”)
Qui Paracletus diceris (à 6/8) (6’45”)
Benedicta sit Sancta Trinitas (4’15”)
Ego autem in Domino gaudebo (3’15”)
Dominus pastor meus (7’45”)
Cantate Domino canticum novum (6’45”)
Domine, quis habitabit (6’00”)
Description:
The underlying work is the Opusculum Novum selectissimarum cantionum sacrarum, meaning ‘New Opuscule of most exquisite motets’, published in Erfurt in 1610 by Heinrich Birnstiel. (This title is here translated into New Selection of Exquisite Motets) It contains unaccompanied religious works for 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 voices, and even one for 18 voices: 3 choruses of six voices, a very monumental work. This can best be performed or doubled by instruments in the lower regions. The deep bass voice going to C will sound marvelously on a sackbut.
The motets in this book all have a rather mathematical structure; the voices in the polyphonic parts each starting the same time after the other. In all the pieces there is a remarkable daring repetition of a theme as a token of emphasis; on the other hand: the effect of emphasis is achieved in strictly homophonic phrases.
Both these two phenomena, trademarks of Vulpius’ music, can be heard in the Pater noster à 4 and à 5. Especially the pieces for 6 and more voices are breathing the atmosphere of Venetian polychoral works. Vulpius must have known the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Gabrieli, because his polychoral style shows several elements of the works of these Venetians.
Cees Wagemakers, 2016

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