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Venetian Christmas Vespers: Deus in Adiutorium & Alleluia, Voices of Music
Seeded by voicesofmusic on 24 Jan 2014
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Author: Voices of Music
The Deus in Adiutorium & Alleluia from the the Venetian Christmas Vespers, performed by the San Francisco Early Music ensemble Voices of Music. In the baroque period, it was common practice to recite the text of some parts of the Vespers service while improvising over a simple set of of chords; the resulting sonority highlights the text and provides a contrast to the polyphonic sections. This practice was called "falsobordone," a term which hearkens back to the somewhat similar renaissance practice of "fauxbourdon"--roughly translated, the term means "improvised chorus". For our Vespers concert, we borrowed a few chords from Luca Marenzio's "Io piango" to form the harmonies: Marenzio's work helped forge a new harmonic language for the 17th century, and was imitated by Monteverdi, Grandi, Sances, Barbara Strozzi and many others. Part of the tradition of this improvisation includes adding a melisma for the concluding Alleluia, and here we have adapted Monteverdi's ciaccona "Zefiro torna
Ensemble: Voices of Music