MISERERE MEI, DEUS - Parts & Score, Music of BRUCE FRASER
Availability Available Published 23rd March 2017
Cat No.JM75255 Price
£32.60 Composer: Gregorio Allegri Arranger: Bruce Fraser Category: Music of BRUCE FRASER
Grade 3.0 Duration 5.00
Miserere (full title: Miserere mei, Deus, Latin for "Have mercy on me, O God") is a setting of Psalm 51 (50) by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri. It was composed during the reign of Pope Urban VIII, probably during the 1630s, for use in the Sistine Chapel during matins, as part of the exclusive Tenebrae service on Holy Wednesday and Good Friday of Holy Week.
The Miserere is written for two choirs, one of five and one of four voices, and is an example of Renaissance polyphony. One of the choirs sings a simple version of the original Miserere chant; the other, spatially separated, sings an ornamented commentary on this.
The Tenebrae service where the Miserere would be sung normally began at dusk, hence the name (tenebrae is Latin for "shadows" or "darkness"). During the ritual, candles would be extinguished one by one, save for the last candle which remained alight and was then hidden. Allegri envisioned the setting of the Miserere to be the final act within the first lesson of the Tenebrae service.
The link to the Choral Version of a You Tube performance is made to give you a sample of this amazing work. A Brass Band recording will follow soon.