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Ecce quam bonum

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Psalm 132 (133)

 
The motet sets Psalm 133, ‘Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is: brethren, to dwell together in unity!’ In it the psalmist constructs an extended simile between the life of a happy community and refreshing liquids: first the precious ointment running down Aaron’s beard, and subsequently dew falling upon the hill of Sion. The mention of Sion allows a return to the original theme of God’s benediction on those who lead a peaceful life. The imagery in this short but vivid text offers plenty of scope for the composer to create musical parallels, of which Clemens takes advantage.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2004

Recordings

Clemens: Missa Ecce quam bonum & other sacred music
SIGCD045Download only

Details

Part 1: Ecce quam bonum
Track 1 on SIGCD045 [3'32] Download only
Part 2: Quod descendit
Track 2 on SIGCD045 [3'02] Download only

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