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Haec dies a 6
6vv; H iii, 114, C viii, 148; 1575
author of text
Psalm 117 (118): 24; Gradual at Mass on Easter Day

'Palestrina: Missa Ad coenam Agni & Eastertide motets' (CDA67978)
Palestrina: Missa Ad coenam Agni & Eastertide motets
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Haec dies a 6
Haec dies quam fecit Dominus (‘This is the day which the Lord has made’) appears as the Gradual at Mass on Easter Day, as well as a Vesper antiphon later on the same day, and at other times in Easter week. Many of these instances feature different verses, which could be added in plainchant if Palestrina’s piece were performed during Mass, but since he set only the opening words, Easter Day Vespers is perhaps the most suitable liturgy for this setting. Its brevity would commend it for a feast on which much singing would already have taken place, and the joyful triple-time setting of ‘exsultemus, et laetemur’ is naturally appropriate for the celebration of the Resurrection.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2013

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Details for CDA67978 track 8
Recording date
9 June 2012
Recording venue
The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Antony Pitts
Recording engineer
Justin Lowe
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  1. Palestrina: Missa Ad coenam Agni & Eastertide motets (CDA67978)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: April 2013
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