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· Teens
· · 2018
· · · April
· · · · 10 (1 entry)

SotD: Allegri’s Miserere · The work’s ti­tle is re­al­ly just Mis­erere (“have mer­cy on us”), but since so many com­posers have asked for mer­cy, and since Gre­go­rio Al­le­gri was sort of a one-hit won­der, ev­ery­body says it like in the ti­tle above. I think that we can each use all the di­vine mer­cy we can get, but maybe your need is less than mine. The (Lat­in, of course) text is Psalm 51. It’s a lit­tle over twelve min­utes of sim­ple soar­ing melody, built of a short choral frag­ment re­peat­ed five times, with a vari­a­tion last time around. It’s got a col­or­ful his­to­ry ...
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