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Track(s) taken from CDGIM204

Sicut lilium inter spinas I

composer
author of text
Songs of Songs

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: January 2005
Total duration: 4 minutes 42 seconds

Cover artwork: Sybils in the Sistine Chapel (detail) by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
AKG London / Erich Lessing
 
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Sicut lilium inter spinas I  [4'42]

This five-voice piece comes from Palestrina’s earliest set of motets, published in Rome in 1569; and to judge from its style it may be one of his student works. Already, though, it has all the poise and polish that make Palestrina’s music so famous. The words are from the biblical Song of Songs: ‘Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters of Adam’.

from notes by John Milsom 2013

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