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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: 5 minutes 58 seconds

Stetit Jesus
author of text
Luke 24: 36-9

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Stetit Jesus sets a passage from St Luke’s Gospel (24: 36–39) in which the risen Christ appears to the disciples and assures them of the truth of the Resurrection. The initial description of the scene is set to a vigorous motif, perhaps emphasizing the physical nature of Jesus’s presence; as is frequently the case in this period, the transition from narrative to direct speech is made by varying the style of declamation. Whereas many composers would have used homophony for direct speech, Regnart instead sets Jesus’s saying ‘Pax vobis’ (‘Peace be with you’) to an undulating motif sung in tenths between countertenor and baritone, which is then taken up and varied by other voices. Similarly, in the second half of the piece, the consternation of the disciples is expressed with rapid syncopated writing, and Jesus’s reassurance with a more placid texture in longer note values, before a vigorous final Alleluia.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2007

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