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Domine Dominus noster

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Psalm 8: 1-6a

‘Dominus’ can be construed with the double meaning of a temporal or spiritual Lord, and Rogier’s motet Domine Dominus noster, which sets verses from Psalm 8, may serve the dual function of addressing both God and the king. From the outset, Domine Dominus noster occupies the three choirs in busy alternation—a skilful effect that acoustically encompasses ‘universo mundo’. Rogier’s word-painting continues with devices such as rising triadic figures for ‘elevata est’ and battle-like cries for ‘ut destruas’. Changes in and out of duple and triple metre maintain the rhythmic interest, and Rogier builds to a dramatic final tutti for the words ‘Et constituisti eum super opera manuum tuarum’. Rogier, a master of the seamless, complex polyphonic style of his Flemish predecessors, is here creating something very different, demonstrating a keen awareness of spatial drama, and an intriguing use of modern musical language. He uses the same principle of sequential repetition that plays such a significant role in his Flemish Masses, yet in this motet he does so with the addition of strikingly harmonic juxtapositions which accentuate the antiphonal effects. This substantial and forward-looking work adds considerably to the corpus of Rogier’s music, and to our appreciation of his status as a composer.

from notes by Philip Cave © 2010


Rogier: Missa Domine Dominus noster & Missa Domine in virtute tua
Studio Master: CKD348Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on CKD348 [5'53] Download only

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Recording date
15 June 2009
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Rogier: Missa Domine Dominus noster & Missa Domine in virtute tua (CKD348)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 2011
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