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Magnificat primi toni
composer
6vv SAATTB; third volume of Magnificats
author of text
Luke 1: 46-55, with the Magnificat Antiphon for Second Vespers, Christmas Day

Recordings
'Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music' (CDH55367)
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music
CDH55367  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon November 2014 Release  
'Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas' (CDA67396)
Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas
CDA67396  To be superseded by CDH55367  
Details
Track 15 on CDH55367 [14'37] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon November 2014 Release
Track 15 on CDA67396 [14'37] To be superseded by CDH55367

Magnificat primi toni
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The Magnificat primi toni is a composition which comes from Palestrina’s third volume of Magnificats. It is, like most of his Magnificats, written in the alternatim style, but, unlike many of them, it employs up to six voices. Its style is mainly polyphonic and fugal and has a rich texture, but variety is obtained by using different combinations of high and low voices and in places a lighter texture. The Magnificat is preceded and followed by its plainsong antiphon ‘Hodie Christus natus est’, on which, as explained above, the double-choir motet and the Mass are based.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

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