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Si bona suscepimus
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In purely musical terms Philippe Verdelot’s Si bona suscepimus (published in 1526) is an ideal composition to parody, with its transparent melodic lines, clearly delineated sections and austere textures. The formal beauty of it is increased by a hidden repeat in the music, so that, although the phrases run continuously, the words ‘the Lord has given, the Lord has taken away’ are used as a refrain, giving the overall shape of ABCB (this incidentally is Verdelot’s repeat, not Job’s).

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2000

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