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Exultate Deo

composer
Motettorum quinque vocibus liber quintus, 1584
author of text
Psalm 80 (81): 1-3

 
Among Palestrina’s 375 or so motets, Exsultate Deo has always been a favourite. With its joyous tunefulness and vivid word-painting depicting musical instruments, it refutes the inaccurate myth of Palestrina as a cold, bloodless master of abstract polyphony, a myth due in part to the reverence surrounding him even in his lifetime and to the use of his music ever since as a model in the teaching of counterpoint, an unfortunate fate indeed for a composer whose music, at its best, leaps off the page and demands the excitement of performance.

from notes by Collegium Records 2009

Recordings

Exultate Deo
CDA66850
The Sacred Flame
COLCD134Download only

Details

Track 1 on CDA66850 [2'30]
Track 6 on COLCD134 [2'09] Download only

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