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Litaniae de Venerabili Sacramento, ZWV147
1 June 1727
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'Zelenka: Sacred Music' (CDH55424)
Zelenka: Sacred Music
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Movement 01: Kyrie I
Movement 02: Kyrie II
Movement 03: Pater de caelis
Movement 04: Praecelsum et admirabile
Movement 05: Panis omnipotentia
Movement 06: Spiritualis dulcedo
Movement 07: Propitius esto
Movement 08: Ab indigna corporis
Movement 09: Peccatores, te rogamus
Movement 10: Fili Dei, te rogamus
Movement 11: Agnus Dei

Litaniae de Venerabili Sacramento, ZWV147
The Litaniae de Venerabili Sacramento in C major (Z147) were, according to a note on the autograph, completed on 1 June 1727. They were written for the Corpus Christi procession on 12 June which, out of consideration for the Protestant public, did not take place out of doors but inside the Catholic court church. Two works by Heinichen were also performed at the same occasion. According to the Dresden tradition, Zelenka structured his litany into a series of single musical numbers in which he skilfully highlighted scoring and compo­sitional technique. The style of these eleven movements is predominantly old-fashioned, with contrapuntal craftsmanship interrupted by those occasional harmonic twists which create such individuality in Zelenka’s writing. Zelenka creates an overall framework by the reintroduction of the music of Kyrie II into the concluding Agnus Dei.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2003
English: Viola Scheffel

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