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Laudate Dominum de caelis

composer
published in 1597; 8vv SSAT SATB
author of text
Psalms 148: 1 & 150

 
In the double-choir motet Laudate Dominum de caelis the writing is obviously descriptive. As befits such psalms of praise, the prevailing mood is extrovert, encouraged by the cori spezzati format which enables the second choir constantly to interject the words ‘laudate eum’ (‘praise him’) into what the first choir is singing, as a kind of emphasis. But on top of that are all the instruments mentioned in the text, which for many setters of this psalm were an opportunity not to be missed—the trumpet, the psaltery and harp, the drum and voices, the stringed instruments and organs, the cymbals. On the smallest scale Guerrero attempted to describe all of these.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2021

Noch bildhafter ist die Kompositionsweise der doppelchörigen Motette Laudate Dominum de caelis. Wie es einem Lobgesang angemessen ist, wendet sich die Musik verkündend nach außen—ein Eindruck, der vom Einsatz der cori-spezzati-Technik verstärkt wird: immer wieder kann der zweite Chor die Worte „laudate eum“ („lobet ihn“) einwerfen und so unterstreichen, was der erste Chor zu sagen hat. Hinzu kommen die Instrumente, die der Text dieses Psalms aufzählt—eine Gelegenheit, die sich kaum ein Komponist entgehen ließ: Trompete, Psalter und Harfe, Tamburin und Singstimmen, Saitenspiel und Orgel, Zimbeln. Auf engstem Raum versucht Guerrero, sie alle zu schildern.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Phillips © 2021
Deutsch: Friedrich Sprondel

La escritura descriptiva del motete a doble coro Laudate Dominum de caelis es obvia. Como procede en estos salmos de alabanza, la atmósfera predominante es extravertida, animada por el formato de cori spezzati que permite al segundo coro exclamar constantemente las palabras «laudate eum» («alabadle») interrumpiendo el canto del primer coro, en una especie de énfasis. Por si fuera poco, en el texto se cita toda una serie de instrumentos que los compositores no solían desaprovechar como referencia musical al hacer su versión de este salmo: la trompeta, el salterio y el arpa, la pandereta y las voces, los instrumentos de cuerda y los órganos, los címbalos. A escala muy reducida, Guerrero intentó describirlos todos.

Peter Phillips © 2021
Español: Millán González

Recordings

Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
CDA68347 Available Friday 5 March 2021

Details

Track 20 on CDA68347 [3'23] Available Friday 5 March 2021

Track-specific metadata for CDA68347 track 20

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-21-34720
Duration
3'23
Recording date
27 October 2019
Recording venue
Iglesia del Real Monasterio de San Salvador de Cornellana, Asturias, Spain
Recording producer
Gabriel Crouch
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
Hyperion usage
  1. Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones (CDA68347)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: 5 March 2021
    Available Friday 5 March 2021
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