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Exultate Deo
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In 1941, midway between the Lenten motets and Figure humaine, Poulenc composed Exultate Deo. It responds suitably to its jubilant text, and features a rare case for Poulenc of paired, imitative entries at the outset. Those studies of Bach chorales with Koechlin set him along a predominantly chordal, homophonic path when writing for voices, but here his knowledge of music by Monteverdi, Palestrina and Gabrieli briefly shines through. This piece breezes through some unlikely keys in the middle—from its core A major, through F sharp major to C major to C sharp major. It is fluent, cheeky, listen-to-what-I-can-do writing. The motet’s climax, on the words ‘Buccinate in neomenia tuba’, features a remarkable effect with rumbling lower voices in parallel triads, and a final shriek of marcato dissonance whose echo collides with the grand, solemn coda.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2008

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Details for CDA67623 track 16
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-62316
Duration
2'44
Recording date
18 April 2007
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Poulenc: Gloria & motets (CDA67623)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: March 2008
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