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Fuit homo missus a Deo

author of text
John 1: 6-8

The text of Palestrina’s Fuit homo missus a Deo is adapted from the first chapter of the Gospel according to St John, and the motet was intended for the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist. The music is quintessential four-part Palestrina—fluent, largely conjunct lines in an imitative texture. The only hints of homorhythm occur in the setting of the words ‘he came to testify’, as though Palestrina wished to emphasise the declarative nature of this passage by bringing groups of voices together.

from notes by Martin Ennis © 2018


Advent Live, Vol. 1
SIGCD535Download only


Track 7 on SIGCD535 [3'18] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD535 track 7

Recording date
29 November 2015
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Stephen Shipley
Recording engineer
Steve Richards
Hyperion usage
  1. Advent Live, Vol. 1 (SIGCD535)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2018
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