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Domine, ne in furore tuo … miserere

4vv; NJE 16.7; questionable attribution
author of text
Psalm 6

Domine, ne in furore tuo … miserere (16.7), set to the text of Psalm 6, is more in need of the disambiguation given by its NJE number than most, since Josquin set the equally penitential Psalm 37 (NJE 16.6), which begins with the same text. Although both of these works are accepted by Helmuth Osthoff (in Josquin Desprez) and Jeremy Noble (in the 1980 New Grove) as well as the NJE editors, Finscher discarded the Psalm 6 setting in the footnote mentioned above, and New Grove II also considers it dubious (‘?later’). It is certainly the case that there is a whiff of the 1530s about its harmony and text-setting, though there are also many Josquinian aspects. Wolfgang Fuhrmann (in Josquin and the Sublime) aptly describes it as among ‘the more impressive Josquinesque motets’: if it is the work of an imitator, it is a highly skilled one. Elders draws attention to the ‘wailing 6/3 chords’ which illustrate the final words of the prima pars—‘with my tears I will wet my blanket’—and to the winding-up of tension at ‘quoniam exaudivit’ (‘for the Lord has heard the voice of my lament’) in the secunda. One final expressive moment that should be mentioned is the setting of the last words of the piece, ‘valde velociter’, to rapid semiminims: although this seems highly apposite, the syllabic underlay is present only in later sources (including the 1553 print used here), and the NJE editor (Martin Picker) believed it to be inauthentic—or, perhaps one should say, even more inauthentic than the rest of the piece.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2021


Josquin: Motets & Mass movements
Studio Master: CDA68321Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Part 1: Domine, ne in furore tuo
Track 11 on CDA68321 [4'56]
Part 2: Turbatus est a furore oculus meus
Track 12 on CDA68321 [4'26]

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