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Ascendetis post filium
In laudem Invictiss. Rom. Imp. Max. II; 6vv
author of text
after I Kings 1: 35, 37

'Music for the Court of Maximilian II' (CDA67579)
Music for the Court of Maximilian II
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Ascendetis post filium
Vaet’s motet Ascendetis post filium provided the source material for the Mass setting by Galli as well as exemplifying the ‘state motet’ genre. The text is a lightly paraphrased version of I Kings 1: 35, 37, in which Solomon is anointed King of Israel on the orders of the still-living David. The analogy with the gradual transfer of powers from Ferdinand to Maximilian makes it likely that the motet was composed in celebration of the latter becoming either King of Bohemia in 1562 or of Hungary in 1563. The Habsburg family frequently appropriated ancient emblems and symbols of kingship not only from pagan sources—notably from ancient Rome, to legitimize their status as Holy Roman Emperors—but also from both the Old and the New Testaments. Written for six voices (as is Galli’s Mass), the piece generates an impressive climax towards the end of its first section, from ‘et ego praecipiam ei’ (‘and I shall teach him’)—suggesting that the monarch being celebrated was still in a junior position—and culminating in running scalic phrases, a standard depiction of joy, on ‘ut sit dux vester’ (‘so that he may be your ruler’).

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2007

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67579 track 10
Recording date
19 June 2006
Recording venue
Dominikanerkirche, Retz, Austria
Recording producer
Stephen Rice
Recording engineer
Markus Wallner
Hyperion usage
  1. Music for the Court of Maximilian II (CDA67579)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: February 2007
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