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Exultet iam angelica turba, C131
a 17; a 14 in the 1615 Symphoniae sacrae, the three additional parts in the Kassel manuscript being in an unknown hand
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Exultet iam angelica turba, C131
The magnificent seventeen-part setting in four choirs of Exultet iam angelica turba is a motet to accompany the lighting of the Easter candle in the early hours of Easter morning. A fourteen-part version was published in Gabrieli’s 1615 Symphoniae sacrae. The seventeen-part version survives only in a manuscript in Kassel, Germany, with the three extra parts added by an unknown hand: this is designated as Choir 4, to be sung in a ‘palchetto’—as in one of the nicchie of St Mark’s.

from notes by John Whenham © 2012

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