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
Temporale - Proper of the time
Ascension
newCroce, Giovanni, Buccinate EMP0066 £3.00
SATB SATB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-0066-2
One of my earliest transcriptions, made as a student in the 1970s, now finally typeset. A splendid piece appropriate for the Ascension but presumably originally written for the annual Lepanto celebration at S. Giustina, for which the phrase 'exultate Deo adjutori nostro' would have been very apposite.
This item is also presented as:
EMP1004 Set of parts
newCroce, Giovanni, Buccinate EMP1004 £8.75
SATB SATB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-1004-3
A splendid piece appropriate for the Ascension but presumably originally written for the annual Lepanto celebration at S. Giustina, for which the phrase 'exultate Deo adjutori nostro' would have been very apposite. Here offered as a set of parts (each choir consisting of cornett, 2 sackbuts and bass sackbut or curtal/dulcian) to be played with the voices.
This item is also presented as:
EMP0066 Full score
Croce, Giovanni, Ego rogabo patrem Show the score EMP0652 £2.00
SATTB Scoring legend Respond ISMN M-2056-0652-7
And I shall pray the Father, and he will send you a new Comforter......
Croce, Giovanni, Non turbetur cor vestrum Show the score EMP0650 £2.00
SSATB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-0650-3
Let not your heart be troubled...
newCroce, Giovanni, O Viri o Galilaei EMP0639 £3.00
SATB SATB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-0639-8
A fine double-choir piece whose text has not yet been identified, but is a rhymed version of the Introit for the Ascension. Possibly a Sequence.
newCroce, Giovanni, Omnes gentes EMP0331 £3.00
SATB SATB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-0331-1
A magnificent double-choir setting of the familiar Ascensiontide text.
This item is also presented as:
EMP1006 Set of parts
newCroce, Giovanni, Omnes gentes EMP1006 £8.50
SATB SATB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-1006-7
A magnificent double-choir setting of the familiar Ascensiontide text. Here offered as a set of parts (each choir consisting of cornett, 2 sackbuts and bass sackbut or curtal/dulcian) to be played with the voices.
This item is also presented as:
EMP0331 Full score
Donato, Baldassare, Non turbetur cor vestrum EMP1074 £3.00
SAATTB Scoring legend Respond ISMN M-2056-1074-6
One of several pieces from Donato's retrospective collection of 1599 which we are publishing for the International Academy of Sacred Music 2010 in Venice. This is a setting of a Respond sung on the Feast of the Ascension: Donato's setting has the repeat fully written out, with two parts swapping.
Donato, Baldassare, Viri Galilaei EMP0643 £3.50
SATTBaB Scoring legend Introitus ISMN M-2056-0643-5
A rather unusual setting including the Verse Cum intuerentur. Most settings provide only the 'antiphon' part of the Introit, this one includes the Verse as set in the liturgy of St. Mark's in Venice as well as in the Use of Sarum.
Dufay, Guillaume, Conditor alme siderum EMP0277 £1.50
STT Scoring legend Hymn ISMN M-2056-0277-2
Finck, Heinrich, Festum nunc celebre EMP0344 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Hymn ISMN M-2056-0344-1
Gabrieli, Andrea, O rex gloriae EMP0555 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Magnificat Antiphon ISMN M-2056-0555-1
Gabrieli, Giovanni, Buccinate in neomenia EMP1319 £5.90
a 19: see description Scoring legend ISMN M-2056-1319-8
Gabrieli’s Buccinate in neomenia is, with 19 parts or ‘voices‘ the largest-scale piece in his second set of Sacrae Symphoniae 1615. It is scored for four ‘choirs’ cleffed as follows: MATBSb TrSMABa ABBBSb SATB (Cap.)The parts specifically marked ‘Voce’ in the print are: the topmost voice in each of the low choirs, the lowest voice in the high choir (just as instructed by Michael Praetorius). Also typical is the choral Cappella with its pure vocal clefs SATB. Gabrieli’s performance ideal would therefore be something like: Solo Alto and three trombones; Solo Baritone (most unusual!) and four high instruments, from either the cornett or the violin family; Solo Alto and four trombones; Chorus with all remaining singers. The text is a composite one drawn from several psalms, but seems mostly applicable to Ascension: the piece was presumably composed fo the 'Sposalizio' ceremony in which the Doge symbolically married the sea on behalf of the Serenissima.
Gabrieli, Giovanni, Omnes gentes EMP1249 £5.00
a 16: see description Scoring legend 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.
Handl, Jakob (Gallus), Ascendens Christus EMP0096 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-0096-9
A splendid piece with tricky rhythms, rather typical of Handl. The opening phrase 'Christ rising into heaven' covers a ninth in steps of a third, in each voice. A high-clef piece, usually offered down a minor third but of course available as required. Now available in Sibelius format.
Handl, Jakob (Gallus), Ascendo ad Patrem EMP0097 £1.00
SSATBB Scoring legend Motet general (Manuscript edition) ISMN M-2056-0097-6
Hassler, Hans Leo, Ite in universum mundum EMP1303 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Respond ISMN M-2056-1303-7
This is one of the 4-voice pieces from Hassler’s great collection Sacri concentus of 1601 (an enlarged second edition was published in 1612). The text is a variant of a Responsory in Ascensiontide but I have not been able to find an exact liturgical match, nor does Hassler’s setting show any signs of being a Responsory. The text derives from Mark 16, 15 and 16. This version is a fourth below the high-clef original.
Hassler, Hans Leo, Ite in universum mundum EMP1314 £2.00
SATB Scoring legend Respond ISMN M-2056-1314-3
This is one of the 4-voice pieces from Hassler’s great collection Sacri concentus of 1601 (an enlarged second edition was published in 1612). The text is a variant of a Responsory in Ascensiontide but I have not been able to find an exact liturgical match, nor does Hassler’s setting show any signs of being a Responsory. The text derives from Mark 16, 15 and 16. This version is a tone below the high-clef original.
Isaac, Heinrich, In Ascensione Domini EMP0754 £3.00
SATTBaB Scoring legend Mass Propers ISMN M-2056-0754-8
Mass propers from Choralis Constantinus: Introit - Viri Galilaei, Alleluia - Dominus in Sina, Communion - Psallite Domino.
Isaac, Heinrich, Viri Galilaei EMP0407 £3.00
SSATTB Scoring legend Introitus ISMN M-2056-0407-3
One of the magnificent 6-voice introits preserved in manuscript in Munich.
Lackner, Daniel, Omnes gentes EMP0537 £2.00
SSATB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-0537-7
A setting of part of Psalm 46/47. especially associated with the Ascension.
Merulo, Claudio, Exaudi Domine EMP0781 £3.00
SSATTBB Scoring legend Introitus ISMN M-2056-0781-4
The text is from Ps 26, 7-8 and forms the Introit for the Sunday after Ascension
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da, Missa Ascendo ad Patrem EMP0325 £3.50
SATTB Scoring legend Mass Ordinary (Other) ISMN M-2056-0325-10
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da, Missa VIII Toni (Missa Festum nunc celebre) EMP0392 £7.40
SSATTB Scoring legend Mass Ordinary ISMN M-2056-0392-2
A comparatively early work. Its model is the Ascensiontide hymn Festum nunc celebre, in a version of the melody not found in Italian sources - which is perhaps the reason for its remaining unidentified in the first edition.
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da, Viri Galilaei – Ascendit Deus Show the score EMP0789 £3.00
SSATTB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-0789-10
A magnificent piece in two substantial parts, from Palestrina's first publication of sacred music. This is a newly printed version which replaces EMP0214. Usually offered, as here, a minor third lower than the original high clefs.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0790 Original high pitch version.
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da, Viri Galilaei – Ascendit Deus Show the score EMP0790 £3.00
SSATTB Scoring legend Motet general ISMN M-2056-0790-6
A magnificent piece in two substantial parts, from Palestrina's first publication of sacred music. This is a newly printed version which replaces EMP0214. Here offered at the original high clef pitch.
Alternative version(s):
EMP0789 Standard version, down a third from the original high pitch.
Procter, Michael, Ihr Männer von Galiläa EMP1247 £1.50
SAB Scoring legend Introitus ISMN M-2056-1247-4
Another in a growing series of simple 3-part settings for liturgical use, originally composed for the Choralschola of St Michael, Weingarten. (In German)
Stanford, Sir Charles (C.V.), Coelos ascendit hodie EMP0998 £4.80
SATB SATB Scoring legend Anthem ISMN M-2056-0998-6
I have listed the piece for the Ascension, for which alone it is appropriate. However, the piece has achieved wide currency as a concert piece and can be sung at any time.