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O bone Jesu
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The six voices of O bone Jesu are combined in an indulgent texture that reflects the self-analysis of the opening words. Praetorius sustains a narrative which incorporates aggressive rhythms to depict self-blame (at ‘quod per culpam’), gently lilting, arching lines to portray nostalgic reminiscence (at ‘Memento’), and a bitter twist to what is ostensibly sweet harmony (at the first appearance of ‘dulcissime’).

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2008

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