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Dum complerentur

1569; Liber primus motettorum
author of text
First Responsory at Matins on Whit Sunday; after Acts 2: 1-2

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Recording details: March 2002
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2003
Total duration: 6 minutes 11 seconds

Cover artwork: Jesus appears to the disciples together under one roof.
Biblioteca Reale, Turin. Codex de Predis, Italian, 15th century, folio 137r / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Dum complerentur  [6'11]


'Purposeful performances by a choir for whom this music is a staple diet, and whose slightly edgy, 'continental' treble sound is ideally suited to it' (The Daily Telegraph)
The celebrated motet Dum complerentur was pub­lished in the Liber primus motettorum, containing works for five to seven voices, printed at Rome in 1569. It is a vivid pictorial evocation of the ‘rushing wind’ of Pentecost, the sudden outpouring of the Holy Spirit described in the Acts of the Apostles. Palestrina uses the repeated ‘Alleluias’ of the text as a cue for a flowing musical figure precisely suggestive of this, and the exultant abundance of musical ideas during the course of the motet—each phrase has its own distinctive musical motive—similarly reflects the Spirit ‘blowing where it listeth’.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2003

Le célèbre motet Dum complerentur fut publié dans le Liber primus motettorum, un recueil d’œuvres de cinq à sept parties qui fut imprimé à Rome en 1569. Il s’agit d’une évocation vivide dépeignant les «vents impétueux» de la Pentecôte, l’effusion soudaine du Saint-Esprit décrit dans les Actes des Apôtres. Palestrina se sert des «Alléluias» répétés du texte à la manière d’un signal pour faire entendre un motif musical fluide suggérant précisément cette image. L’abondance jubilante des idées musicales présentes au cours du motet—chaque phrase ayant son propre motif musical distinct—reflète pareillement l’Esprit «soufflant là où il l’entend».

extrait des notes rédigées par Ivan Moody © 2003
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Die gefeierte Motette Dum complerentur wurde in dem 1569 in Rom gedruckten Liber primus motettorum veröffentlicht, das fünf- bis siebenstimmige Werke enthält. In ihr findet man eine lebendige bildhafte Darstellung des „gewaltigen Windes“ aus dem Pfingstwunder, jene plötzliche Offen­barung des Heiligen Geistes, wie sie in der Apostel­geschichte beschrieben wird. Palestrina nutzt die wieder­holten „Alleluias“ des Textes als Anlass für eine fließende musikalische Geste, die genau das ausdrückt. Die übersprudelnde Fülle musikalischer Ideen im Verlauf der Motette—jede Phrase hat sein eigenes charak­teristisches musikalisches Motiv—spiegeln den Geist wider, der „bläst, wo er will“.

aus dem Begleittext von Ivan Moody © 2003
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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