The motet Ascendens Christus
is specified by Victoria In Ascensione Domini
and the text comes from the last Responsorium of the Second Nocturn of Matins for that Feast. It was published five times in Victoria’s lifetime. Like O magnum mysterium
, it first came out in 1572, and once again Victoria chose to make a Mass upon it which was published in 1592.
In perfect accord with the meaning of the words, Ascendens Christus is joyous and brilliant with strong rising phrases and ringing Alleluia motives. Again in accord with the origin of the text in a Responsorium, the musical plan is ABCB. The work is in two distinct halves. It is for five voice parts (SSATB).
from notes by Bruno Turner © 1985
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