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Deus tu conversus
5vv SAATB; cycle of Offertories published in two volume in Rome by Francis Coates, 1593
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Offertory at Mass, Second Sunday of Advent

'Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas' (CDA67396)
Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas
CDA67396  To be superseded by CDH55367  
Track 3 on CDA67396 [3'30] To be superseded by CDH55367

Deus tu conversus
Deus tu conversus is the Offertory at Mass on the Second Sunday of Advent. This five-voice setting comes from a cycle of Offertories published in Rome in two volumes late in Palestrina’s life by Francis Coates, in 1593, which contain some fine music in a polished and mature style exhibiting much rhythmic vivacity and unusual harmonic richness. The motet opens with a stately invocation, ‘Turn unto us, O God’, and quickly moves to cascades of running semiquavers at the words ‘and quicken us’. The next section uses dotted figures and vigorous rhythms to convey the sense of ‘and thy people shall rejoice’, but this is soon cut short by the opening of a slow-moving homophonic penitential passage (very similar to that in Canite tuba) at the words ‘Show us thy mercy, O Lord’, which nonetheless comes to a strong finish at the words ‘and grant us thy salvation’. After a half-bar pause the whole of this final section is repeated and concludes the motet on a buoyant note.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67396 track 3
Recording date
13 February 2003
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas (CDA67396)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 2003
    Deletion date: October 2013
    To be superseded by CDH55367
  2. Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music (CDH55367)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon November 2014 Release
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