Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadæ Sanctæ spectantia (Score, hardback)

Gesualdo, Carlo

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Gesualdo Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadæ Sanctæ spectantia (Score, hardback)

Carlo Gesualdo‘s “Responsoria” were printed in 1611, the same year as the last two of his madrigal books.  Despite having received little attention at the time and during the following centuries, this collection can be regarded as part of the composer’s spiritual heritage in many respects.  It was to become a central part of his oeuvre.

The edition contains 27 responsories, nine each for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, divided into three nocturnes for each respective day; and two compositions for the Lauds of Holy Week, “Benedictus” and “Miserere” (Psalm 50).

The Foreword discusses the editorial approach and offers a description as well as an evaluation of the preserved partbooks.  Based on detailed coverage of how the selected texts relate to the liturgy, as well as the six-part structure of the pieces and other musical principles, conclusions could be drawn regarding the nature and character of the assembled compositions.

The Critical Commentary records all readings of handed down copies, elaborating particularly on the use of accidentals.

- Extensive Preface (Italian/English)

- New Gesualdo Edition Volume 9

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  1. Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadæ Sanctæ spectantia [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  2. Feria V in cœna Domini [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  3. In primo nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  4. 1. In monte Oliveti [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  5. 2. Tristis est anima mea [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  6. 3. Ecce vidimus eum [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  7. In secundo nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  8. 4. Amicus meus [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  9. 5. Iudas mercator pessimus [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  10. 6. Unus ex discipulis meis [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  11. In tertio nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  12. 7. Eram quasi agnus [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  13. 8. Una hora [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  14. 9. Seniores populi [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  15. Feria VI in Parasceve [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  16. In primo nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  17. 1. Omnes amici mei [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  18. 2. Velum templi scissum est [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  19. 3. Vinea mea electa [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  20. In secundo nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  21. 4. Tamquam ad latronem [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  22. 5. Tenebræ factæ sunt [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  23. 6. Animam meam dilectam [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  24. In tertio nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  25. 7. Tradiderunt me [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  26. 8. Iesum traditit impius [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  27. 9. Caligaverunt oculi mei [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  28. Sabbato Sancto [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  29. In primo nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  30. 1. Sicut ovis [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  31. 2. Ierusalem, luge et exue te [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  32. 3. Plange quasi virgo [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  33. In secundo nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  34. 4. Recessit Pastor noster [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  35. 5. O vos omnes [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  36. 6. Ecce quomodo moritur Iustus [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  37. In tertio nocturno [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  38. 7. Astiterunt reges terræ [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  39. 8. Æstimatus sum [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  40. 9. Sepulto Domino [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  41. Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel Canticum Zachariæ [Gesualdo, Carlo]
  42. Miserere mei, Deus Psalmus L [Gesualdo, Carlo]

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Renaissance Period
Mixed Voices