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Diffusa est gratia

4vv SATB
author of text
Psalm 44: 3, 9-10a; Gradual & Tract at Mass for the Annunciation to the Virgin

Diffusa est gratia is the Offertory for the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, celebrated on 2 February and also known as Candlemas due to the custom of bringing candles to church to be blessed. This major feast, now more commonly called the Feast of the Presentation, marks both Christ’s presentation at the temple and the ritual purification of the Virgin, but it also serves to mark the end of the greater Christmas season. Giovanni Maria Nanino, also called Nanini, was maestro at San Luigi, the French church in Rome, and a singer in the Sistine Chapel Choir. A popular madrigalist, he wrote sacred music in the more conservative style espoused by Palestrina, including this rather beautiful miniature, which, despite its concise construction, contains several exquisite suspensions.

from notes by Charles Cole © 2020


Sacred treasures of Christmas
Studio Master: CDA68358Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 15 on CDA68358 [2'41]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68358 track 15

Recording date
20 March 2020
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Sacred treasures of Christmas (CDA68358)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: November 2020
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