Required Resources: SATB choir
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina created a collection called Ricercari sopra il otto tuoni a 4.
In this collection, there is one piece in each of the eight ecclesiastical modes, written in four voices.
While these can be played by instruments or by organ, our motet has the first one, Ricercare del primo tuono, arranged for SATB a cappella choir.
The text used is Psalm 117, "Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, Laudate eum omnes populi.
Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia ejus: et veritas Domini, manet in æternum.
Palestrina is the master of Renaissance counterpoint.
His Ricercare del primo tuono, which forms the musical element of this motet, makes exceptional use of point of imitation.
Two voice parts (generally S and T or A and B) sing s motive in the same key, about a measure apart.
The other two voice enter sequentially, in a key an interval higher (usually a fifth).
Occasionally the second voice entrance has a new motive.
Since this is a vocal arrangement of an instrumental piece, it will be new to the choir, and likely to the listener as well.
This provides a creative way to introduce a new Palestrina motet to the repertoire!
Order #: 7009
- Treasury Series
- Ordinary Time
- SATB Choir
- a cappella