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Carole, magnus eras

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Carole, magnus eras (SSATB) is a secular work: a state motet addressed to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and his son, Philip II of Spain. Clemens was not directly employed by Charles or Philip (so far as is known), so it seems likely that the dedication arose through the composer’s connection with Philippe du Croy, a lieutenant of Charles. Since the text celebrates the achievements of the Emperor but promises even greater things under his son, it was probably composed at the time of Philip’s investiture as Regent of the Low Countries in 1549. Clemens takes full advantage of the presence in the text of the Imperial motto ‘plus ultra’, with the top voice reaching and finally surpassing the highest note in its range as the motto is stated twice in homophony.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2004


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


Part 1: Carole, magnus eras
Track 26 on SIGCD045 [3'14] Download only
Part 2: Nunc omnes
Track 27 on SIGCD045 [3'04] Download only

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