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Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae
8vv; Liber secundus mutetarum, sex, septem et octo vocum, Dominico Phinot autore (Lyons: Beringen, 1548). P2019-1548
author of text
Lamentations 5: 1-8

'Phinot: Missa Si bona suscepimus & other sacred music' (CDA67696)
Phinot: Missa Si bona suscepimus & other sacred music

Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae
When we listen to Phinot’s double-choir motets and Lamentations, it is soon apparent that the composer’s main objective is to create musical structures rather than to respond to a liturgical requirement. By far the largest of these is Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae, a multi-sectional as well as polychoral composition. Phinot departs from the standard practice of Renaissance Lamentation settings in not composing music for the Hebrew letters that begin each verse; rather, the four middle sections comprise a continuous narrative of the first eight verses of the book’s fifth chapter. Phinot contrasts an upper-voice section (‘Pupilli facti sumus’) with a lower (‘Cervicibus minabamur’), creating an alternative division of the eight voices to the usual one between two SATB choirs. His control of the sonorous possibilities of eight-part writing is seen most effectively at the beginning of the final narrative section (‘Patres nostri peccaverunt’), where the full choir returns in force after the two reduced-voice sections.

from notes by Roger Jacob & Stephen Rice © 2009

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67696 track 11
Recording date
31 August 2008
Recording venue
The Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Summerly
Recording engineer
Justin Lowe
Hyperion usage
  1. Phinot: Missa Si bona suscepimus & other sacred music (CDA67696)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: August 2009
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