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Conditor alme siderum

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Hymn at Vespers in Advent

Conditor alme siderum, one of the most ancient hymns in the Roman liturgy, is sung at Vespers during Advent. Like the great majority of polyphonic hymn settings in the Renaissance, Vaet’s version sets alternate verses, leaving the odd-numbered verses to be sung to the chant melody. The texture is further varied by altering the number of voices: five in verse 2, four in verse 4 and six in the triple-time verse 6.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2007

Conditor alme siderum, l’une des plus anciennes hymnes de la liturgie romaine, est chantée aux vêpres, durant l’Avent. Comme presque toutes les hymnes polyphoniques de la Renaissance, la version de Vaet met en musique un verset sur deux, laissant la mélodie du plain-chant aux versets impairs. La texture est, en outre, variée en modifiant le nombre de voix: cinq dans le verset 2, quatre dans le verset 4 et six dans le verset 6, ternaire.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Rice © 2007
Français: Hypérion

Conditor alme siderum, eine der ältesten Hymnen in der römischen Liturgie wird in der Vesper zur Adventszeit gesungen. Wie für die Mehrheit polyphoner Hymnensätze der Renaissance vertont Vaets Fassung alternierende Strophen und lässt die ungeraden Strophen choraliter singen. Das Gewebe wird zusätzlich dadurch bereichert, dass er die Anzahl der Stimmen ändert: fünf für die 2. Strophe, vier für die 4. und sechs in der 6. Strophe im Dreiermetrum.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Rice © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel


Music for the Court of Maximilian II


Track 7 on CDA67579 [6'43]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67579 track 7

Recording date
19 June 2006
Recording venue
Dominikanerkirche, Retz, Austria
Recording producer
Stephen Rice
Recording engineer
Markus Wallner
Hyperion usage
  1. Music for the Court of Maximilian II (CDA67579)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: February 2007
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