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Renaissance choral music

Editions of sacred renaissance vocal music by the late Michael Procter

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Editions of sacred
renaissance music by the late Michael Procter.
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Temporale - Proper of the time
EMP0698 Anonymous Veni, veni Emanuel
Procession, Advent £2.50
A charming two-voice setting of the familiar chant, discovered by Dr Mary Berry in a small processional used by nuns in the 15th century, now in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
EMP0530 Gibbons, Orlando Lift up your heads O ye gates
SSAATB Psalm-Motet, Advent £4.00
Few Full Anthems of Gibbons survive. This is a magnificent piece suitable for Advent and general use. This version is set a third higher than the original.
EMP1290 Gibbons, Orlando Lift up your heads O ye gates
SSAATB Psalm-Motet, Advent £4.00
Few Full Anthems of Gibbons survive. This is a magnificent piece suitable for Advent and general use. This version is set at the original pitch.
EMP0470 Handl, Jakob (Gallus) O Sapientia
SATBB Magnificat Antiphon, Advent £3.00
A setting of one of the 'Great O' Antiphons (Dec. 17)
EMP0574 Handl, Jakob (Gallus) Two motets for Advent
various Motet general, Advent £4.00
Rorate coeli (SSATBB), a stirring piece, and O Sapientia (SATTB),very calm.
EMP0489 Wert, Giaches de Gaudete in Domino semper
SATTB Motet general, Advent £3.00
Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice!
EMP0749 Wert, Giaches de Gaudete in Domino semper
SATTB Motet general, Advent £3.00
Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice! A version transposed down a semitone from the high-clef original.
EMP0490 Wert, Giaches de Vox clamantis in deserto
SMATTB Motet general, Advent £4.00
The opening of Vox clamantis is an antiphon sung in Advent. Wert's setting is of a longer version of the text from Isaiah Chapter 40, which will be familiar from Handel's The Messiah: Every valley shall be exalted... The extraordinary ranges, deriving obviously from the text, make this splendid piece a challenge for any group.
EMP0709 Byrd, William Mass Propers for the Feast of Christmas and Office Music for Christmastide
SATB Mass Propers, Christmas £6.00
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)).
EMP0507 Byrd, William O magnum misterium
SAABa Respond, Christmas £3.00
Well-known Christmas piece
EMP1035 Byrd, William O magnum misterium
SAABa Respond, Christmas £3.00
Well-known Christmas piece, here a tone higher than the original.
EMP1036 Byrd, William O magnum misterium
SAABa Respond, Christmas £3.00
Well-known Christmas piece, here a third higher than the original.
EMP0832 Croce, Giovanni Jubilate Deo omnis terra
SSB (+MATB) bc Psalm at Lauds, Christmas £4.00
This splendid piece opens the 1610 collection. Like all the pieces in the collection it is scored for a group of soloists, and a 4-voice Ripieno which can be doubled or tripled in different parts of the church.
EMP1619 Croce, Giovanni Jubilate Deo omnis terra
SSB (+MATB) bc Psalm at Lauds, Christmas £3.00
This splendid piece opens the 1610 collection. Like all the pieces in the collection it is scored for a group of soloists, and a 4-voice Ripieno which can be doubled or tripled in different parts of the church. This is the Ripieno score.
EMP1633 Croce, Giovanni Jubilate Deo omnis terra
SSB (+MATB) bc Psalm at Lauds, Christmas £8.50
This splendid piece opens the 1610 collection. Like all the pieces in the collection it is scored for a group of soloists, and a 4-voice Ripieno which can be doubled or tripled in different parts of the church. This is a set of parts for the ripieno choir and basso continuo.
EMP0848 Croce, Giovanni Resonent organa
SATTB (+SATB) bc Christmas £4.75
Another Marian piece from the 1610 collection, which has solos for each of the tenor soloists, a trio SAB and the grand tutti with the Ripieno.
EMP1627 Croce, Giovanni Resonent organa
SATTB (+SATB) bc Christmas £4.00
Another Marian piece from the 1610 collection, which has solos for each of the tenor soloists, a trio SAB and the grand tutti with the Ripieno. This is the score for the ripieno chorus.
EMP1641 Croce, Giovanni Resonent organa
SATTB (+SATB) bc Christmas £8.00
Another Marian piece from the 1610 collection, which has solos for each of the tenor soloists, a trio SAB and the grand tutti with the Ripieno. This is the set of parts for the ripieno chorus and basso continuo.
EMP0864 Croce, Giovanni Verbum caro factum est
SAT (+SATB) bc Christmas £4.00
A delightful Christmas piece, setting a familiar mediaeval text (also found under the title In hoc anni circulo). Typical of the Sacre Cantilene Concertate, it has three solo voices and a 4-voice Ripieno (which can be multiplied in different parts of the church, with or without instruments) which joins in the tutti refrain.
EMP1623 Croce, Giovanni Verbum caro factum est
SAT (+SATB) bc Christmas £3.00
A delightful Christmas piece, setting a familiar mediaeval text (also found under the title In hoc anni circulo). Typical of the Sacre Cantilene Concertate, it has three solo voices and a 4-voice Ripieno (which can be multiplied in different parts of the church, with or without instruments) which joins in the tutti refrain. This is the ripieno chorus score.
EMP1637 Croce, Giovanni Verbum caro factum est
SAT (+SATB) bc Christmas £8.00
A delightful Christmas piece, setting a familiar mediaeval text (also found under the title In hoc anni circulo). Typical of the Sacre Cantilene Concertate, it has three solo voices and a 4-voice Ripieno (which can be multiplied in different parts of the church, with or without instruments) which joins in the tutti refrain. This is the set of parts for the ripieno chorus and basso continuo.
EMP1028 Elgar, Sir Edward Carol: I sing the birth
SATB Christmas £3.00
This little-known carol is a setting of the text by Ben Jonson, with added Alleluias. It dates from 1928, in the final phase of Elgar's life, which may be why the original print (Novello's Musical Times supplement December 1928) was not properly proof-read: it contains several wrong notes. This edition has been made afresh from Elgar's two manuscripts in the British Library.
EMP1256 Gabrieli, Giovanni O Jesu mi dulcissime 1597
SMAT ATTB Christmas £4.00
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.
EMP1285 Hassler, Hans Leo Jubilate Deo a 15
a 15: see description Psalm-Motet, Christmas £6.00
This is the longest of Hassler's polychoral pieces, lasting about 5 minutes. It is scored for three groups made up as follows: TrTrSMT ATTBSb SMATB. The third group is the Capella, i.e. the vocal choir; the second group (actually called Primus Chorus, because it sings first) is surely for a solo Alto and four instruments, probably trombones with either a curtal (dulcian) or Bass trombone; the highest group, Secundus Chorus (the first in my list) is probably originally for solo Tenor and four instruments: these could be cornetti or strings. The text (Psalm 99 with variants) is often sung, but this spectacular setting is probably intended for Christmas use.
EMP0714 Hassler, Hans Leo Verbum caro factum est
SSATTB Motet general, Christmas £3.00
A splendid 6-voice setting
EMP1068 Hassler, Hans Leo Verbum caro factum est
SSATTB Motet general, Christmas £3.00
A splendid 6-voice setting. This version as the sexta vox (alto) in the treble clef.
EMP0519 Merulo, Claudio Ecce Maria genuit
SSAATBB Antiphon, Christmas £4.00
One of several pieces for seven voices in Merulo's Second Book of Motets. The text is a Vesper Antiphon on Christmas Day and its Octave, also for the Purification and in the Office of BVM. It refers to John Baptist seeing Christ and exclaiming: Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. It ends with a splendid triple-time Alleluia.
EMP1032 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Hodie Christus natus est
SSMA Magnificat Antiphon, Christmas £3.00
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.
EMP1033 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Hodie Christus natus est
TTBB Magnificat Antiphon, Christmas £3.00
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.
EMP1034 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Hodie Christus natus est
SATB Magnificat Antiphon, Christmas £3.00
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.
EMP0185 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Jubilate Deo
SATB SATB Psalm, Christmas £4.00
A splendid double-choir setting, printed as the final work in Palestrina's great Third Book of motets, which I have suggested he intended as a retrospective for his 50th birthday. The Psalm is set for Lauds of Feasts, including Christmas. A high-clef setting usually offered down a fourth.
EMP1687 Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Jubilate Deo
SATB SATB Psalm, Christmas £4.00
A splendid double-choir setting, printed as the final work in Palestrina's great Third Book of motets, which I have suggested he intended as a retrospective for his 50th birthday. The Psalm is set for Lauds of Feasts, including Christmas. A high-clef setting here offered down a tone.
EMP0219 Philips, Peter O beatum et sacrosanctum diem
SSATB Motet general, Christmas £3.00
EMP1026 Weelkes, Thomas Gloria in excelsis Deo
SSAATB Anthem, Christmas £4.00
This is one of the best-known pieces of English church music, but it has always been presented a third higher than the original. It is also available from us at that pitch, but this version is at the original pitch, suitable for AATTBaB etc.
EMP1027 Weelkes, Thomas Gloria in excelsis Deo
SSAATB Anthem, Christmas £4.00
This is one of the best-known pieces of English church music. Our edition seems to be the only one which is available at the original pitch, suitable for male voices SSAATB, but we also provide it a third higher, as here.
EMP1040 Weelkes, Thomas Gloria in excelsis Deo
SSAATB Anthem, Christmas £4.00
Most people know the piece (a) transposed up a third from the original pitch, and (b) in versions produced by collating all the remaining sources (or of course illegally copied from such editions). This version is based entirely on the set of manuscript partbooks in British Library Add. Mss 17786-17791, and reproduces the text as given there, which differs somewhat from the hybrid version. It is at the original pitch, suitable for AATTBaB etc.