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Deus tuorum militum, SV280
setting II; Himnus unius martyris; from Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1)
author of text
Hymn at Vespers for the Common of One Martyr

'Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music' (CDH55345)
Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music
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Track 9 on CDH55345 [2'07] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Deus tuorum militum, SV280
A Vesper hymn for the feast of a martyr. Monteverdi sets it to a graceful triple-time melody which must come close to Beethoven’s ideal of a melody that combines beauty with simplicity. Three verses are provided in the Selva morale, which correspond to verses 1, 3 and 5 of the hymn. Although there is a possibility that the even-numbered verses would have been sung in alternate fashion to plainsong, it is most likely that the string ritornello would have served as a substitute in a Venetian Vespers of the period. At first sight it appears that the top vocal part is intended for a tenor as it is printed in the tenor clef. But it is placed in the alto partbook, which suggests that it may have been intended to sound an octave higher.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1981

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55345 track 9
Recording date
3 February 1981
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (CDA66021)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 1985
    Deletion date: November 2007
    Superseded by CDH55345
  2. Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (CDH55345)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: March 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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