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Accesserunt ad Jesum

author of text
Matthew 19: 3-6

Accesserunt ad Jesum (SSATB) shows an entirely different approach to text from the majority of Clemens’s works (it is attributed in one of its twelve sources to the minor composer Pieter Maessens). Whereas like most of his contemporaries Clemens typically writes full textures, making his musical effects by subtle variations in harmony and melodic decoration, with tight control of dissonance, here the text is projected sharply by means of contrast between upper and lower voices; the piece is also unusual in falling into three sections, the middle of which (here taken by three solo voices) introduces Jesus’s admonition to the Pharisees concerning the estate of marriage. In the final section, more direct word-painting follows, as the phrase ‘twain shall be one flesh’ is set to a rhythmic duet.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2004


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


Part 1: Accesserunt ad Jesum
Track 8 on SIGCD045 [2'32] Download only
Part 2: Non legistis
Track 9 on SIGCD045 [1'47] Download only
Part 3: Propter hoc
Track 10 on SIGCD045 [3'14] Download only

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