The Magnificat Quant’in mille anni il ciel
, composed around 1583, is based on a madrigal by the little-known composer Noletto or Nollet published in 1546: unusually, the closest resemblance between madrigal and Magnificat is found in the last polyphonic verse rather than at the beginning of the parody. Sharing the SSATTB scoring of Missa Amor ecco colei
, this Magnificat setting also plays off higher versus lower voices extensively, a technique to which the structure of the canticle’s verses lends itself particularly well.
from notes by Stephen Rice © 2011