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Magnificat quarti toni a 4 [odd]
1591; 4vv; Magnificat octo tonum liber primus, Rome; Haberl 27:15
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Luke 1: 46-55

'Palestrina: Missa Ecce ego Johannes & other sacred music' (CDH55407)
Palestrina: Missa Ecce ego Johannes & other sacred music
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Magnificat quarti toni a 4 [odd]
This Magnificat is one of five which Palestrina wrote in Tone 4. He set the text of the Magnificat, in fact, no fewer than thirty-five times; sixteen of them appeared in the Magnificat octo tonum liber primus published in Rome in 1591. It is a pity indeed that they are nowadays somewhat little known, for they are quintessential Palestrina: the servant of the Church quietly writing magnificent music which speaks directly to mankind even—and perhaps especially—today.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1999

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