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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: 4 minutes 18 seconds

Inviolata
composer
5vv
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The plainchant-based sequence motet Inviolata is a much more expansive work. Over twenty composers set this text during the sixteenth century, referring often to the famous setting by Josquin Desprez. (One of these, by Nicolas Gombert, is recorded—together with a reconstruction of the chant—by The Brabant Ensemble on Hyperion CDA67614.) Regnart’s motet is not so closely modelled on Josquin’s as others: it appears to have been based on a slightly different version of the plainchant melody, and more importantly contains no canonic writing. It does share much of the atmosphere of this family of works, however, due largely to the placid nature of the chant on which is it based, which moves almost exclusively by step, and in modern terms mostly outlines an F major tonality.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2007

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