Edition Michael Procter

Renaissance choral music

Catalogue of editions by the late Michael Procter

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Singers around the world will be pleased to know that Edition Michael Procter is available again, following the sad death of Michael Procter in 2012. His large collection of sacred choral music by renaissance composers is a very valuable resource for choirs, churches and music lovers.

There are an estimated 850 pieces in the catalogue (including versions offered in different transpositions), mostly transcribed by Michael from original sources in libraries all over Europe. These will be verified and re-catalogued over the next few years.

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Title Catalogue number Price
Recently reissued pieces, ordered by composer
Byrd, William
Byrd, William (c. 1540-1623) Show the biography
new8 motets for male voices EMP0689 £13.80
ATTBB Scoring legend ISMN M-2056-0689-3
An anthology of pieces intended for male voices. It includes several of the 'Jerusalem' or political motets. The works represented are: Emendemus in melius (1575), Ne irascaris Domine, Vide Domine, Tribulationes civitatum and Domine tu jurasti (1589), Domine exaudi orationem meam and Haec dicit Dominus (1591) and Unam petii (1605). Most of these are not available in modern performing editions (except in our catalogue).
This item includes:
EMP0577 Emendemus in melius
EMP0043 Ne irascaris Domine
EMP0578 Vide Domine
EMP0417 Tribulationes civitatum
EMP0576 Domine tu jurasti
EMP0414 Domine exaudi
EMP0416 Haec dicit Dominus
EMP1260 Unam petii
newAlleluia. Ave Maria. EMP1031 £3.00
SSATB Scoring legend Votive Mass BVM - Introitus ISMN M-2056-1031-9
The Greater Alleluia for the Mass of the Annunciation when this falls in Eastertide. Byrd printed it out of order in the Gradualia but in the form in which it there appears it belongs to the Annunciation. Here at original high-clef pitch.
newAve verum corpus EMP0034 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Eucharist - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0034-1
One of the best-known and favourite pieces from the great Gradualia. The quasi-homophony found in so many highly expressive Renaissance pieces gives it an extraordinary intensity.
newBeati mundo corde EMP0526 £3.00
SSATB Scoring legend All Saints (November 1) - Communion ISMN M-2056-0526-1
One of the loveliest of the short pieces in Byrd's great Gradualia. The text is part of the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. This version, a fourth lower than the original, has the catalogue number EMP0526.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0609 Down a tone
newBeati mundo corde EMP0609 £3.00
SSATB Scoring legend All Saints (November 1) - Communion ISMN M-2056-0609-1
One of the loveliest of the short pieces in Byrd's great Gradualia. The text is part of the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.This high pitch version, a tone lower than the original, has catalogue number EMP0609.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0526 Down a fourth
newDiffusa est gratia EMP0036 £1.50
SMATB Scoring legend Votive Mass BVM - Offertorium ISMN M-2056-0036-5
This beautiful miniature (lasting about a minute) is found in the first book of Byrd's Gradualia. It is one of the tricky items, being used twice, and although Byrd printed it as the opening section of the long Gradual-Tract group for the Annunciation (in Lent), it may well have been composed initially as the Offertory for the Purification. Byrd failed to provide the piece with a final close, so I give it with an optional cadence.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0765 With an editorial additional final section
newDiffusa est gratia EMP0765 £1.50
SSATB Scoring legend Marian Feasts - Offertorium ISMN M-2056-0765-4
This lovely piece is one of the few with which Byrd made mistakes in his immense Gradualia: the piece is provided in the short form required when it is sung in the Gradual music for the Annunciation and the Assumption, and lacks the end of the text when it is the Offertory. I have provided a final cadence and an alternative end with the complete text.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0036 With an optional final cadence
newDomine exaudi EMP0414 £3.00
SAATB Scoring legend Penitential - Psalm-Motet ISMN M-2056-0414-1
A lengthy setting of the first 2 verses of Ps. 142.
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
newDomine tu jurasti EMP0576 £3.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0576-6
Obviously a politically motivated piece - the text is non-liturgical, and the translation in part reads 'deliver us from the hand of Pharaoh...and from bondage under the Egyptians.'
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
newEmendemus in melius EMP0039 £2.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0039-6
Transposed down a tone from the original high pitch. Also available a 4th lower as indicated by the high clefs of the original.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0577 Simple version, down a fourth
EMP1049 Responsory form
newEmendemus in melius EMP0577 £2.00
SATTB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0577-3
Rightly one of Byrd's best-known pieces, almost homophonic and most effective. Transposed down a 4th from the high-clefs original. Also available at a higher pitch.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0039 Simple version, down a tone
EMP1049 Responsory form
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
newEmendemus in melius EMP1049 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend Ash Wednesday - Respond ISMN M-2056-1049-4
A version of the piece laid out to permit its liturgical use as a Responsory either on the First Sunday in Lent or, with an added Gloria Patri, during the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday. Transposed down a 4th from the high-clefs original. Available on request at a higher pitch.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0039 Simple version, down a tone
EMP0577 Simple version, down a fourth
newHaec dicit Dominus EMP0416 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend Holy Innocents (December 28) ISMN M-2056-0416-5
One of the most extreme of Byrd's 'Jerusalem' motets.
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
newInfelix ego EMP1315 £5.00
SMATBaB Scoring legend Penitential ISMN M-2056-1315-10
Infelix ego is a Latin meditation on the Miserere, Psalm 51, composed in prison by Girolamo Savonarola by 8 May 1498, after he had been tortured on the rack, and two weeks before he was burned at the stake in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence on 23 May 1498. The prison authorities had spared only his right arm during the preliminary torture, so that Savonarola would be able to sign his confession: after doing so, and in a state of despair at not being strong enough to resist the pain of his prolonged torture, he wrote Infelix ego and a portion of a companion meditation, Tristitia obsedit me, on Psalm 30. He was executed before he was able to complete Tristitia obsedit me. Byrd's powerful setting, like that of Lassus, conveys all the intensity of the text. In this version the Baritone part is printed in the Bass clef: the alternative version, no 1316, prints this voice in the same octave-Treble clef as the Tenor.
newInfelix ego EMP1316 £5.00
SMATBaB Scoring legend Penitential ISMN M-2056-1316-7
Infelix ego is a Latin meditation on the Miserere, Psalm 51, composed in prison by Girolamo Savonarola by 8 May 1498, after he had been tortured on the rack, and two weeks before he was burned at the stake in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence on 23 May 1498. The prison authorities had spared only his right arm during the preliminary torture, so that Savonarola would be able to sign his confession: after doing so, and in a state of despair at not being strong enough to resist the pain of his prolonged torture, he wrote Infelix ego and a portion of a companion meditation, Tristitia obsedit me, on Psalm 30. He was executed before he was able to complete Tristitia obsedit me. Byrd's powerful setting, like that of Lassus, conveys all the intensity of the text. In this version the Baritone part is printed in the same octave-Treble clef as the Tenor: the alternative version, no 1316, prints this voice in the Bass clef.
newMass Propers for the Feast of Christmas and Office Music for Christmastide EMP0709 £5.00
SATB Scoring legend Christmas - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0709-8
It is with this splendid collection of Christmastide music that Byrd's second book of Gradualia opens. It includes the complete Propers for the principal (third) mass of Christmas Day, which are used throughout the Octave, together with settings of Hodie Christus natus est (Magnificat Antiphon), O magnum misterium/Beata Virgo (Matins Respond) and O admirabile commercium (Magnificat Antiphon for the Circumcision (Jan. 1)).
newMass propers for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God (January 1st) EMP0287 £4.00
SSATB Scoring legend Mary, Mother of God (January 1) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0287-1
The Feast of Mary, Mother of God, is celebrated on January 1st, replacing the Circumcision. The Feast was of course unknown in Byrd's Day but the Proper is all in the Gradualia and has been assembled here by Michael Procter, just as Byrd intended should be done for other Marian feasts.
newMass propers for the Feast of SS Peter and Paul EMP0661 £4.00
SSATTB Scoring legend SS Peter and Paul (June 29) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0661-9
For the two feasts of St Peter, this and St Peter's Chains, Byrd provided the only 6-voice Propers in his great Gradualia - an obvious homage to the Roman Catholic Church, to which he remained loyal despite the very real dangers for Catholics in England at the time. The music is grand, as befits its intention.
newMass propers for the Feast of the Nativity BVM EMP0021 £5.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Nativity BVM (September 8) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0021-1
The archetypal Mary Mass, providing most of the familiar segments re-used in many of the other Propers. Its atypical ad aequales scoring (TrMATBa) means it can be transposed to suit: I offer it at two standard ranges, either a tone or a fourth lower than the original (equivalent to SATBaB for mixed or male voices).
Alternative version(s):
EMP0764 A fourth lower than original pitch
newMass propers for the Feast of the Nativity BVM EMP0764 £5.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Nativity BVM (September 8) - Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0764-7
The archetypal Mary Mass, providing most of the familiar segments re-used in many of the other Propers. Its atypical ad aequales scoring (TrMATBa) means it can be transposed to suit: I offer it at two standard ranges, either a tone or a fourth lower than the original (equivalent to SATBaB for mixed or male voices).
Alternative version(s):
EMP0021 A tone lower than original pitch
newNe irascaris Domine EMP0043 £3.75
SATBaB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-0043-3
A beautiful and powerful piece, its text derived from the penitential Advent Prose 'Rorate coeli desuper'. Its unremitting sombre mood and passionate intensity make it a starkly challenging piece for those who think Christmas carols and 'Jingle bells' appropriate for Advent...
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
newO admirabile commercium EMP0508 £2.00
SSAB Scoring legend Circumcision of Our Lord (Jan. 1) and Christmastide - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-0508-7
Less well-known Christmas piece with demanding ranges for SSA (or T with top Bflat)
newO God that guides EMP0061 £3.00
S solo,SATTB instr. and SSATTB chorus Scoring legend Non-liturgical ISMN M-2056-0061-7
A splendid verse anthem for New Year's Day, ideally for viols and voices but suitable for other instruments (please contact me for parts in suitable clefs.) It has two verses, the second closing with a short Amen.
newO magnum misterium EMP0507 £2.00
SAABa Scoring legend Christmas - Respond ISMN M-2056-0507-10
Well-known Christmas piece
Alternative version(s):
EMP1035 A tone higher than the original.
EMP1036 A third higher than the original.
newO magnum misterium EMP1035 £2.00
SAABa Scoring legend Christmas - Respond ISMN M-2056-1035-7
Well-known Christmas piece, here a tone higher than the original.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0507 Original pitch
EMP1036 A third higher than the original.
newO magnum misterium EMP1036 £2.00
SAABa Scoring legend Christmas - Respond ISMN M-2056-1036-4
Well-known Christmas piece, here a third higher than the original.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0507 Original pitch
EMP1035 A tone higher than the original.
newSalve Regina (1605) EMP0049 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Holy Trinity to the Saturday before Advent - Marian Antiphon ISMN M-2056-0049-5
The simple setting from the Gradualia.
newSolve iubente Deo EMP0527 £2.00
SSATTB Scoring legend St. Peter in Chains (S. Petri ad Vincula)(August 1) - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-0527-8
A magnificent piece, one of the few for 6 voices in the Gradualia associated with the feasts of St Peter. The text is both Magnificat Antiphon at Vespers and Alleluia verse in the Mass. Byrd's print omits almost all the text for obvious political reasons; it has been reconstructed here.
newThough Amaryllis dance in green EMP0415 £2.00
SATBaB Scoring legend Secular ISMN M-2056-0415-8
One of Byrd's most popular, but by no means easier madrigals. Offered a fourth lower than the original.
newTribulationes civitatum EMP0417 £3.75
SATTB Scoring legend Penitential ISMN M-2056-0417-2
Another of Byrd's 'Jerusalem' motets.
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
newUnam petii EMP1260 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend Penitential ISMN M-2056-1260-3
A further 'Jerusalem' motet, this one printed in the Gradualia, and incorporating a daring diatribe against the King. This revised version restores original note values.
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
newVide Domine EMP0578 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend ISMN M-2056-0578-10
One of the most extreme of Byrd's 'Jerusalem' motets.Vide Domine is a non-liturgical text also set by other composers - including Clemens, and Jean Lafage (also published in Edition Michael Procter).
This item is included in:
EMP0689 8 motets for male voices
newWhy do I use my paper, ink and pen EMP0053 £3.00
SATTB Scoring legend St Edmund Campion (December 6) ISMN M-2056-0053-2
Text by St. Henry Walpole on the death of Campion. Byrd's setting circulated widely in manuscript as a Consort Song (e.g. in the Dow partbooks) but was printed in Psalms, Sonets and Songs (1588) in a vocal version.
Gabrieli, Giovanni
Gabrieli, Giovanni (c. 1557 - 1612) Show the biography
newExaudi Domine EMP1307 £2.00
SAATTB Scoring legend Penitential - Motet general ISMN M-2056-1307-5
The 6- and 7-voice a capella motets of Gabrieli are among his loveliest, but are usually overshadowed by the large-scale pieces for voices and instruments. We are publishing all the small-scale pieces. This piece sets the first verse of Ps. 16 (17).
newMagnificat a 8 1597 EMP1259 £3.75
SMAT ATTB Scoring legend General Use - Vesper Canticle ISMN M-2056-1259-7
The least ambitious of the surviving Magnificat settings, this is nonetheless a fine piece, from the 1597 collection. The same collection includes a setting for twelve voices: the 1615 collection includes another 12-voice setting as well as one for 14 and one for 17 voices, while incomplete manuscript sources document one setting for 20 or 28 voices, and another for 33 voices.
newMagnificat a 8 1597 EMP1281 £3.75
SMAT ATTB Scoring legend General Use - Vesper Canticle ISMN M-2056-1281-8
Up a tone.
newMaria Virgo 1597 EMP1318 £4.00
TrTrSMA TBBBF Scoring legend Marian Feasts ISMN M-2056-1318-1
The celebrated piece with a range of 4 octaves. Although the scoring is not specified in the print, the piece clearly requires: in the high choir Solo Alto and four high instruments (most likeley cornetti, possibly with a tenor cornett or viola); in the lower choir (called Primus Chorus because it sounds first) a Solo Tenor and four low instruments, probably trombones with perhaps a curtal as Bass. There is an organ part in the Augsburg manuscript which is incorporated in the edition.
newMiserere 1597 EMP1092 £3.00
SATBaBaB Scoring legend ISMN M-2056-1092-10
A revised edition of a marvellous piece from Gabrieli's 1597 collection, with original note-values restored. The 6-voice pieces in the collection represent a starting point for Gabrieli's exploration of a new style: here he pays tribute to Josquin, but makes it clear that he is moving on.
newO Jesu mi dulcissime 1597 EMP1256 £3.00
SMAT ATTB Scoring legend Christmas ISMN M-2056-1256-6
The earlier setting (the better-known setting is in the 1615 collection). Denis Arnold considered this one of the finest motets in the Sacrae Symphoniae, and it represents, rarely in a double-choir piece, the extremely affective side of Gabrieli's great genius.
newO quam suavis 1597 EMP1287 £3.00
SSAATBaB Scoring legend Corpus Christi - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-1287-10
O quam suavis is one of four 7-voice motets in Gabrieli’s 1597 collection Sacrae Symphoniae. The 6- and 7-voice motets which open the collection are often overlooked in favour of the large-scale pieces which follow, but in fact they represent some of the finest music which Gabrieli left us. This version has octave-Treble clefs for both Alto parts.
newO quam suavis 1597 EMP1288 £3.00
SSAATBaB Scoring legend Corpus Christi - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-1288-7
O quam suavis is one of four 7-voice motets in Gabrieli’s 1597 collection Sacrae Symphoniae. The 6- and 7-voice motets which open the collection are often overlooked in favour of the large-scale pieces which follow, but in fact they represent some of the finest music which Gabrieli left us. This version has Treble clefs for the top 4 voices.
newOmnes gentes EMP1249 £5.00
a 16: see description Scoring legend Ascension ISMN M-2056-1249-8
One of the best-known of Gabrieli's large-scale pieces. Its text derives from Psalm 46, from which are drawn many of the proper texts for the Feast of the Ascension. Its cleffing TrSMT ATBaSb MATB SATSb requires a minimum of three instruments, a cornett for the top line and two low instruments (Bass trombone or curtal/dulcian) for the low bass parts. However, the third choir is marked Capella, suggesting that this is a 4-part vocal choir; the other groups are probably intended for (I) Solo Tenor and 3 cornetti; (II) Solo Alto and three trombones, (IV) Solo Soprano and three trombones or strings. Instrumental parts are available on request.
newQuis est iste a 10 EMP1296 £5.00
TrSMAT ATBaBB Scoring legend Non-liturgical ISMN M-2056-1296-2
The piece was conceived for two groups, each with a solo voice and instruments. Thus, the high choir (Secundus Chorus) would probably have had a solo Tenor and four high instruments (strings or cornets); the low choir (called ‘Primus Chorus’ because it sings first) a solo Altus (countertenor) and four low instruments, probably trombones, with a bass trombone or curtal on the lowest part. The Basso per l’organo was not included in the original print, the source is a manuscript partbook in Augsburg written out in 1636, which includes the 1587 Concerti as well as the 1597 collection. It combines text from Isaiah 63 and Psalm 24, and was possibly composed for an extra-liturgical celebration in connection with the Feast of the Precious Blood (July 1).
newSancta Maria succurre miseris EMP1295 £3.75
SAATTBB (bc) Scoring legend Marian Feasts ISMN M-2056-1295-5
The 6- and 7-voice a capella motets of Gabrieli are among his loveliest, but are usually overshadowed by the large-scale pieces for voices and instruments. We are publishing all the small-scale pieces.
Lassus, Roland de (Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso)
Lassus, Roland de (Orlandus Lassus, Orlando di Lasso) (ca. 1532 - 1594) Show the biography
newMagnificat Dessus le marché d'Arras EMP1246 £3.75
SSATTB Scoring legend General Use - Vesper Canticle ISMN M-2056-1246-7
One of the more than 100 'imitation' Magnificats by Lassus, this one is a parody on his own delightful chanson.
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da (ca. 1525 - 1594) Show the biography
newHodie Christus natus est EMP1032 £2.00
SSMA Scoring legend Christmas - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-1032-6
This simple setting is from a holograph manuscript at S. Giovanni Laterano. Its original cleffing (TrTrMA) is an 'ad aequales' combination allowing for transposition to suit the available forces. Other versions are available for different combinations of voices, this version is at the original pitch.
newHodie Christus natus est EMP1033 £2.00
TTBB Scoring legend Christmas - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-1033-3
This simple setting is from a holograph manuscript at S. Giovanni Laterano. Its original cleffing (TrTrMA) is an 'ad aequales' combination allowing for transposition to suit the available forces. Other versions are available for different combinations of voices, this version is an octave below the original pitch.
newHodie Christus natus est EMP1034 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Christmas - Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-1034-10
This simple setting is from a holograph manuscript at S. Giovanni Laterano. Its original cleffing (TrTrMA) is an 'ad aequales' combination allowing for transposition to suit the available forces. Other versions are available for different combinations of voices, this version is a fifth below the original pitch.