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The first published collection of music by Hieronymus Praetorius was printed in Hamburg in 1599. Gaudete omnes, O bone Jesu, O vos omnes, and Videns Dominus all first appeared in this collection. Three years later Praetorius published eight settings of the Magnificat, one in each of the eight tones. More of Praetorius’s church music was published in 1607, including Beatus auctor saeculi and the Oratio Dominica. A collected edition of the sacred music of Hieronymus Praetorius was issued in five volumes between the years of 1616 and 1625; this complete (or near-complete) collection included hitherto unpublished music (such as the 1618 issues of the Benedictio mensae and Laudate Dominum) as well as reissues of already available works. The 1622 volume presents the most daring versions of many of the pieces recorded here and contains Praetorius’s second (and previously unpublished) Magnificat quinti toni (‘in the fifth tone’) to which are attached polyphonic arrangements of the popular medieval tunes Joseph, lieber Joseph mein and In dulci iubilo. This later setting of the fifth-tone Magnificat is Praetorius’s masterpiece.
from notes by Jeremy Summerly ©