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Motet Notes

Giovanni Gabrieli: Miserere mei

Gabrieli's setting of the first few sentences from Psalm 51 is from his first large collection, the Symphoniae Sacrae, published in 1587.  The works in this collection are transitional in style, from the Renaissance motet style to the full-blown baroque polychoral styl e in his last two sets, the Symphoniae Sacrae 1597 and 1615. For all of its youth, this wonderful piece captures the grandeur of this most public of Psalms.  

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