Though known from Petrucci’s 1504 collection Motetti C, Concede nobis domine
is clearly expressive of an earlier aesthetic. It was probably composed in the 1470s or ’80s, around the same time as Salve maris stella
, which is found uniquely in the Verona manuscript 755, a source copied in the 1480s. Whoever composed these striking works, they are linked – at least to contemporary ears – by a sense of drive and formal coherence rare before Josquin. Rather like the contemporary Venetian artistic strain dubbed by Berenson the ‘Giorgionesque’, these motets seem at the very least to be linked by emulation of the style of one of the fifteenth century’s great originals.
from notes by Andrew Kirkman © 2003