Thursday, April 21, 2011

In monte Oliveti (Ingegneri).mpg

This is one of my favourite Holy Week Motets. It is the best version I could find, although the Maynooth University choir discharges itself well. (see YouTube to compare.) The composer was a pupil of Palestrina and seems to have developed a predilection for his master's polyphonic 'scrunches'. His pursuit of this fixation comes as a shock when you see it written on the page and then hear yourself trying to execute it! It's  no use shilly-shallying. You must have confidence and then it works. In our choir, for once, the sops really had trouble in rehearsals. This ensemble is at least as good as we eventually became in performance.
Now it's time to 'creep to the Cross'.
With my prayers always,

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