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Canite tuba
Second book of motets for 5, 6 and 8 voices
author of text
Motet for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

'Palestrina: Music for Advent & Christmas' (CDA67396)
Palestrina: Music for Advent & Christmas
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Canite tuba
Canite tuba is a motet for the fourth Sunday of Advent. The first part of this five-voice motet draws its text from the first and third antiphons at Vespers; and the second part, ‘Rorate coeli desuper’, takes its text from the Introit at Mass on the fourth Sunday of Advent, combined with text from the First Responsory of the Ordinary of Advent and its first verse. The motet was first published in Venice in 1572 in Palestrina’s second book of motets for five, six and eight voices. As befits its opening words, ‘Sound the trumpet in Sion, for the day of the Lord is nigh’, the motet begins strongly in an extrovert manner, turning to a more reflective and polyphonic style at the words ‘Come, O Lord, and be not tardy’, and ending the first part with an expressive outpouring of joyous Alleluias. The second half begins more quietly with a reduced voice section, but soon reverts to vigorous five-part writing which comes to a dramatic pause at a section headed ‘Show us Thy mercy O Lord, and grant us Thy salvation’. This is followed by a more polyphonic section, expressing beautifully the pleading tone of the words ‘come, O Lord, and be not tardy’, which uses and elaborates on material from the similar section in the first part. The motet concludes with another joyful burst of Alleluias, which rework slightly the musical material at the end of the first part.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

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Details for CDA67396 track 2
Recording date
13 February 2003
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Palestrina: Music for Advent & Christmas (CDA67396)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 2003
    Deletion date: October 2013
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