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Trois sereurs/Trois sereurs/Trois sereurs/PERLUSTRAVIT

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Here is a striking approach to the challenge of composing a motet. The texts are very similar in technique, vocabulary and tone, but the musical settings of the poems, while homogeneous in style, go their own way when sung together and fight for mastery. The level of dissonance is high (the last musical phrase unwinds a string of major seconds between the Triplum and the Quadruplum). This motet exploits a technique which is explored (in a much more spacious way) in De la virge Katerine: a section where all the voices phrase and rest together is followed by one where the voices overlap and tangle. Like many motet texts, these three set us wondering about their literary tone. As I read it, the tone of these poems—as of so much pastoral and semi-pastoral poetry in the motet—is wistful (certainly not giving way to boistrous merriment) and even a touch melancholic.

from notes by Christopher Page ©

Recordings

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
CDH55273

Details

Track 2 on CDH55273 [2'11]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55273 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-42302
Duration
2'11
Recording date
23 March 1990
Recording venue
Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (CDA66423)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1990
    Deletion date: January 2006
    Superseded by CDH55273
  2. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (CDH55273)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 2007
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