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Fire (1566) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67640
Recording details: February 2007
Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria
Produced by Stephen Rice
Engineered by Markus Wallner
Release date: August 2007
Total duration: 3 minutes 50 seconds

Quare tristis es, anima mea?
composer
4vv
author of text
Psalm 42 (43): 5

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The text of Quare tristis es, anima mea? (‘Why are you cast down, O my soul?’—words from Psalm 42) is intended to be reassuring, but Regnart’s setting begins in a highly destabilized tonality, avoiding a full cadence for the first fifteen bars. When the piece does settle down, it nevertheless remains in an anxious Phrygian tonal area, associated with lamenting. Regnart evidently wished to emphasize the heaviness of the soul rather than the comfort of God in this case.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2007

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