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Sancta Maria a 2 e B.c.
composer
Giovanni Battista Ala anthology (1618)
author of text
Magnificat Antiphon for First Vespers on Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3' (CDA67487)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3
'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3' (SACDA67487)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3
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Track 2 on CDA67487 [3'54]
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Sancta Maria a 2 e B.c.
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In the Roman liturgy (though not in the liturgy of St Mark’s) ‘Sancta Maria, succurre miseris’ was the antiphon commonly sung before the Magnificat at first Vespers on Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monteverdi’s exquisite setting for soprano duet, first issued in a anthology published in 1618 by the Milanese choirmaster Giovanni Battista Ala, would thus have found widespread use within the Roman Catholic church. It is tempting, though, to think that the unusual petition ‘intercede for the devout female sex’ (‘intercede pro devoto femineo sexu’) might also have prompted its use by nuns as a more general devotional motet, for in Venice, as elsewhere in seventeenth-century Italy, sacred music flourished not only in establishments with all-male choirs, but also in convents. In this setting Monteverdi makes use of the litany plainsong that he also employed for the Sonata sopra Sancta Maria in the 1610 Vespers. The first two sets of petitions are begun in plainsong and then extended by the second voice in a freer, more passionate, recitative style. For the final petition, Monteverdi treats the plainsong as a duet, rising in urgency before a release into triple-time writing and an extended treatment of the final two lines of text.

from notes by John Whenham © 2004

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Details for SACDA67487 track 2
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-48702
Duration
3'54
Recording date
18 February 2004
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Jonathan Stokes & Philip Hobbs
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  1. Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3 (CDA67487)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2004
  2. Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3 (SACDA67487)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2004
    Super-Audio CD — Last few CD copies remaining
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