There are surprisingly few sacred works extant by Ginés de Morata, a Spaniard who was employed as mestre da capella at Vila Viçosa. Cum descendentibus
is a partial setting of a Matins responsory on Holy Saturday, Aestimatus sum
, and was designated as a motet for Good Friday (feria sexta in parasceve
) in the Vila Viçosa sources. This very short piece, again for high voices, begins with a canonic imitation at the unison of a falling phrase illustrating the text ‘descendentibus in lacum’.
from notes by Bernadette Nelson © 1996