Alessandro Grandi

A rather serious-faced Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630)
When he arrived to take up a position at Venice's St Marks in 1617, Grandi had already been maestro di cappella in Ferrara for several years.
He left for Bergamo in 1627, only to fall victim to the plague there in 1630.

Hic est vere martyr

GRA082.1
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Written in honour of St Vincent, another of Bergamo's patron saints, this motet for solo soprano with a pair of violins comes from Grandi's third book. It is slightly unusual in that it uses plainchant as the basis of the central section, calling the men of Bergamo to pray to St Vincent.
Edited by Brian Clark.
4pp.

In dulci jubilo

GRA023.1
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Published in 1629, this motet (which is in triple time throughout) alternates duets with four-part writing. Although it opens with a familiar text for Christmas, it is in fact a more general celebration of the Virgin Mary.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
12pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

In lectulo meo

GRA031.1
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This motet for solo soprano (range d-f') sets a less familiar text from the Song of Songs. For the most part, it features a flowing triple time melody, but the final "anima mea" is a common time flourish.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Innova Domine signa

GRA510.1
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Possibly suitable for Christmas, this setting of an unidentified text uses three lines as a refrain - the soprano sings "Behold I make all things new" and the five voices (SATTB) sing together "O truly new miracles!" The first and third sections are a trio for Alto and two Tenors.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
16pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Iste cognovit justitiam

GRA502.1
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This SATTB setting of a text from the Common for a martyr (no saint is named, so the work is suitable for any celebration) alternates duetting voies with the full five-part texture.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Jesu mi dulcissime

GRA066.1
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Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
Scoring: Soprano, continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization.
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Jucundare

GRA042.1
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This trio opens as if it were a soprano duet. The final Alleluia begins with an extended triple time passage, but culminates in a duple time cadence in which each of the voices has more melismatic writing.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Judica me Domine

GRA501.1
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The opening 48 bars of this SATTB setting of the first four verses of Psalm 25 [26 in the King James version] consist of two duets - one for Alto and Tenor, the second for Soprano and Bass. From that point on ("for thy mercy is before my eyes"), the five voices join in a contrapuntal texture punctuated by block chords.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Laetemini, o vos caeli

GRA047.1
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In a cantilena, such as this, solo voices are joined in refrain sections by ripienists. Here, STB or TTB solos combine with a group of SATB to celebrate an unspecified Marian feast.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Litaniae beatae Mariae Virginis

GRA516.1Edited by Dennis Collins.
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In excess of 250 bars, this is one of Grandi's most extensive works, scored for SATTB voices. Perhaps surprisingly, there are no extended solos, and the Tenor 1 part is almost continuous, since he sings the bottom of the high trio and the top of the lower one. The Agnus Dei opens with a re-casting of the Kyrie eleison.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
28pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Nigra sum

GRA049.1
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This delightful soprano duet was appended to Grandi's book of five-part motets when it was re-printed at Venice in 1620. Setting a familiar text from the Song of Songs, it alternates a rocking triple-time theme, with more declamatory common time. The final cadence is beautiful.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O beate Benedicte

GRA004.1
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Truly one of the composer's masterpieces, O beate Benedicte (written in honour of St Benedict) is scored for soprano, tenor, violin, viola da gamba or trombone and continuo, but works equally well with two sopranos, and a cornetto could take the violin part.
Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.

O beata Virgo maria

GRA076.1
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One hears quite a lot of music for three sopranos from the beginning of the 17th century, but not very much for three tenors! Should any of the "Three Tenors" groups ever decide to try out "early music", this piece should certainly be in their repertoire - the voices are treated more or less equally throughout. Of course, it might be used by three sopranos as well
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O bone Jesu Christe

GRA505.1
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The source of this fine motet's text has thus far evaded discovery. The SATTB setting features a strong, full forces opening and maintains a rich texture throughout.
Edited by Dennis Collins
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8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O dulce nomen Jesu

GRA200.1
 
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Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
Scoring: Soprano, continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization.
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O dulcis o pia

GRA509.1
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This fine SATTB setting of a poetic text of unestablished origin uses the opening two lines as a triplet-time refrain - it occurs three times. Between them, Grandi uses his contrapuntal and melodic skills to distribute the material equally among the voices with charming effect.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O dulcis Virgo

GRA017.1
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This duet for sopranos comes from Grandi's Il sesto libro de mottetti, published in 1630, the year of his death.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O intemerata

GRA059.1
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This Marian motet for tenor comes from Grandi's Motetti a voce sola of 1621.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O intemerata

GRA077.1
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This fine duet for Soprano and Alto sets a text praising the Virgin Mary. The voices are well matched, with challenging runs for both singers. There is also some ad libitum pseudo-chanting at various points, which is most unusual in this medium (showing again what a tragedy it is that this fantastically talented composer died so young!)
Edited by Dennis Collins
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4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O nomen Jesu

GRA027.1
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Published for two Tenors and continuo, Grandi also suggests Sopranos in his 1619 fifth book of motets, Celesti fiori.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O porta coeli

GRA014.1
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A Marian motet for SATB and continuo from Grandi's Sesto Libro di Motetti a 2, 3 et 4 voci, published in 1630. There are three sections, each followed by a triple time refrain.
Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.

O quam dulcis

GRA040.1
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This Soprano / Tenor duet comes from Grandi's second book of concertato motets, first published in 1617. The text is in praise of Jesus, and is most suitable for Christmas.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O quam gloriosa

GRA086.1
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Setting a text in praise of Mary, this fine Soprano duet comes from Grandi's last book of motets, published in the year of his premature death (1630).
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O quam suave

GRA025.1
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This Marian motet comes from Grandi's second book of motets of 1617, although the edition is based on the fifth imprint of 1628. Scored for two sopranos and continuo, it alternates duple and triple time throughout.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O quam tu pulchra es

GRA063.1
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This solo soprano setting of a text based on The Song of Songs is also available tranposed (as the composer suggests) for alto.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.