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Palestrina: Nigra Sum; Bruce Dickey, cornetto; Voices of Music
Seeded by voicesofmusic on 31 Dec 2012
Author: Walvis2007
The sacred motet Nigra Sum of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina from his collection Motettorum liber quartus ex Canticis canticorum (The fourth book of Motets from the Song of songs). Live HD video from the Voices of Music Great Artists Concert, October, 2012. Featuring Bruce Dickey, cornetto; Elisabeth Reed, baroque cello and Hanneke van Proosdij, organ. Temperament: quarter comma meantone at A=466 Hz. Palestrina's fourth book contains a number of works that draw on the style of the Italian Madrigal, but the slow, homophonic chords of Nigra Sum, leavened suspensions and the old-fashioned technique of parallel fourths in the upper voices, are reminiscent not of the madrigal but of the finest renaissance motets from the mid-sixteenth century. Bruce Dickey on improvisation: Improvisation was the means by which musicians, both singers and instrumentalists, learned their craft and displayed their skill. Mostly these were improvisations on existing material--motets, madrigals and chansons.
Ensemble: Voices of Music