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Veni electa mea

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Song of Songs

The Song of Songs motet Veni electa mea (SATBB) adopts a novel approach to musical repetition, with the phrase ‘quia concupivit rex speciem tuam’ (for the king has desired your beauty) repeating approximately ten bars of music, but here the second ‘alleluia’, although melodically similar to the first, adopts triple time, with complex cross-rhythms. The motet as a whole is highly characteristic of mid-sixteenth century spirituality, with the eroticism of the Song of Songs harnessed to provide a metaphor for the Church as bride of Christ.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2004


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


Part 1: Veni electa mea
Track 20 on SIGCD045 [2'56] Download only
Part 2: Audi filia et vide
Track 21 on SIGCD045 [2'51] Download only

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