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Mout souvent/Mout ai esté en dolour/MULIERUM

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The opening duet of Motetus and Tenor shows how much delicious and carefully controlled counterpoint there is to be found in the two-part writing of the motet repertoire. Notice how the Tenor (here vocalized, as are all the Tenors on this recording) moves in very similar note values to the Motetus and often lies above it in pitch. The Motetus shows motet melody at its best: generously filling the best part of the voice, and full of lilt. When the Triplum enters the composer’s scheme becomes clear, for this motet begins farily low in the two voices and then, towards the middle, moves its whole tessitura up a minor third and seems to linger there in that suspended way so characteristic of the motet. A pungent and sustained dissonance of a minor second, quite unlike anything else in the piece, prepares the final cadence.

from notes by Christopher Page © 1990


The Marriage of Heaven and Hell


Track 11 on CDH55273 [2'50]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55273 track 11

Recording date
23 March 1990
Recording venue
Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (CDA66423)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 1990
    Deletion date: January 2006
    Superseded by CDH55273
  2. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (CDH55273)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: February 2007
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