Born some time in the 1580s, Cifra sang in the Giulian Chapel choir before becoming maestro di cappella at the Roman Seminary, then at the German College there. In 1609 he moved to a similar position at Santa Casa in Loreto, where he remained for the rest of his life, although he seems to have participating in Roman music-making up until his death in 1629.

He published several books of motets and their rich scoring caught Brian's eye: having always loved music for three sopranos and continuo, here was repertoire for three altos, three tenors or three basses, four sopranos, or four altos, three sopranos AND three altos, four sopranos AND four basses – most are not hugely long, and were probably used as antiphons or psalm-substitutes at Vespers. His publications for that feast are more traditionally scored, but it is hoped to add at least one cycle of psalms to our catalogue in 2020.

Apertis thesauris suis

CIF003.1
 
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An antiphon for the Feast of the Epiphany (6th January)

Edited by Brian Clark.
4pp.
Scoring: 3 altos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Domine, quinque talenta

CIF005.1
 
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Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: 3 sopranos, 3 altos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Et omnes Angeli

CIF011.1
 
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Antiphon for the Feast of All Saints (November 1st)

Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: 4 sopranos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Euge serve bone

CIF006.1
 
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Edited by Brian Clark.
12pp.
Scoring: 4 altos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Inter natos mulierum

CIF008.1
 
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Antiphon for the Feast of St John the Baptist (June 24th)

Edited by Brian Clark.
4pp.
Scoring: 3 altos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Ioannis vocabitur nomen eius

CIF007.1
 
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An antiphon for the Feast of St John the Baptist (June 24th)

Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: 3 sopranos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Nativitas tua

CIF004.1
 
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An antiphon for the Feast of the Epiphany

Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: 3 sopranos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Spiritus et animæ iustorum

CIF009.1
 
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An antiphon for saints' days in Eastertide.

Edited by Brian Clark.
4pp.
Scoring: 4 sopranos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Venit lumen tuum

CIF002.1
 
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An antiphon for the Feast of the Epiphany (6 January)

Edited by Brian Clark.
4pp.
Scoring: 3 sopranos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

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Vidi turbam magnam

CIF010.1
 
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Antiphon for the Feast of All Saints (November 1st)

Edited by Brian Clark.
4pp.
Scoring: 3 sopranos, 3 altos, continuo.
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.
If you plan to perform this work with a large choir, please email us to negotiate a special price for extra scores.

Click here to see the first page of the score.