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O sacrum convivium

1570; 6vv SAATBB
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Antiphon at Second Vespers on the Feast of Corpus Christi; 1 Corinthians 11: 26, Romans 8: 18

O sacrum convivium, a striking six-part setting of a Corpus Christi text, is perhaps one of the best examples of Guerrero’s consummate ability to draw out prolonged lines of extraordinary beauty. A sense of serene joy pervades the slow-moving harmonic landscape, with the internal parts moving in gentle submission. The final ‘Alleluia’ section features a distinctive melodic figure that uses three successive rising or descending thirds spanning the interval of a seventh, symbolizing the Trinity as divine perfection.

from notes by Charles Cole © 2020


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Studio Master: CDA68359Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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Track 4 on CDA68359 [5'10]
Track 4 on CDH55430 [5'09]

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