Thursday, 9 August 2012

A glorious Gloria

Here's a very beautiful piece from around 1400. Located in time between Machaut (that last giant of the Medieval Era) and Dufay (the first giant of the Renaissance), the 4-part Gloria: Spiritus et Alme by Matteo da Perugia (also known as Perusio) is full of memorable phrases and wayward turns of harmony. There are so many wonderful things in it - despite its brevity - from the lovely melody that accompanies "et in terra pax" and the way the catchy phrase that sets "Laudamus te" is transformed into "Benedicimus te" to the dissonance at "gloriam tuam" - and that's just for starters. It's been a favourite of mine for years and I hope you find it as magical as I do. 

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