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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|
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