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O quanta qualia

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It is not known who composed the haunting Dorian-mode melody of this hymn which survives only in a fifteenth-century German hymnal, but it could possibly be the work of Peter Abelard, the twelfth-century French theologian who indisputably wrote the text. Abelard is remembered today for the boldness of his theological views, which brought him into conflict with the church, and for the story of his great love for Heloïse, niece of Canon Fulbert of Notre-Dame. O quanta qualia is the best-known of his hundred or so surviving hymns.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


Blessed spirit
COLCD127Download only


Track 12 on COLCD127 [3'30] Download only

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Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
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  1. Blessed spirit (COLCD127)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: October 2000
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