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Ascendens Christus in altum

author of text
Final Responsory of the Second Nocturne of Matins, Ascension Day

The motet Ascendens Christus is specified by Victoria In Ascensione Domini and the text comes from the last Responsorium of the Second Nocturn of Matins for that Feast. It was published five times in Victoria’s lifetime. Like O magnum mysterium, it first came out in 1572, and once again Victoria chose to make a Mass upon it which was published in 1592.

In perfect accord with the meaning of the words, Ascendens Christus is joyous and brilliant with strong rising phrases and ringing Alleluia motives. Again in accord with the origin of the text in a Responsorium, the musical plan is ABCB. The work is in two distinct halves. It is for five voice parts (SSATB).

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1985


Victoria: O magnum mysterium & Ascendens Christus in altum


Track 8 on CDA66190 [5'01]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66190 track 8

Recording date
23 May 1985
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
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