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Confitebor tibi, Domine
4vv; tone 3; Di Dominico Phinot, Il primo Libro, Di Salmi, A quatro voci, a uno choro, con la gionta, di dui Magnificat (Venice: Scotto, 1555). P2022[A]-1555
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Psalm 110 (111)

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

Confitebor tibi, Domine
The form of the Vesper Psalm is in some ways less glamorous than for instance double-choir motets, but certainly more central to the lives of sixteenth-century church-goers. Confitebor tibi, Domine was one of the most frequently chanted Psalms, which would have been known by heart to the musicians: Phinot’s setting to the third tone follows the plainsong closely in the top voice of the polyphonic verses. A notably harmonic twist is the beginning of verse 9 (‘Sanctum et terribile nomen eius’), where an explicitly indicated flat in the bass part causes the music to move suddenly into uncharted territory: unlike in Pater peccavi, however, it quickly reverts to the chant reciting note.

from notes by Roger Jacob & Stephen Rice © 2009

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