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Sicut lilium inter spinas I

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Songs of Songs

This five-voice piece comes from Palestrina’s earliest set of motets, published in Rome in 1569; and to judge from its style it may be one of his student works. Already, though, it has all the poise and polish that make Palestrina’s music so famous. The words are from the biblical Song of Songs: ‘Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters of Adam’.

from notes by John Milsom © 2013


Palestrina: How fair thou art
Studio Master: SIGCD450Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria & Missa Sicut lilium
Palestrina: The Tallis Scholars sing Palestrina
CDGIM204for the price of 1 — Download only
Renaissance Radio
CDGIM212for the price of 1 — Download only
The Essential Tallis Scholars
CDGIM2012CDs for the price of 1


Track 8 on CDGIM020 [4'42]
Track 8 on CDGIM204 CD1 [4'42] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 3 on CDGIM201 CD1 [4'45] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 12 on CDGIM212 CD1 [4'42] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD450 [4'41] Download only

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