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Motet Notes

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: "Tu es Petrus"

Palestrina is most well-known for his extraordinary masses. Of equal value is the cool perfection of his motet writing.  The Pentacost motet Tu es Petrus  is a marvelous example of that pure style.  The six-voice work takes its text from Matthew.  The words from the end of the first section are repeated at the end of the second section to give the work a marvelous symmetry.

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