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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
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Pre-order CD by post £5.50 CDH55367  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 3 November 2014 Release  
Details
Track 15 on CDH55367 [14'37] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 3 November 2014 Release

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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