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Torelli, Giuseppe, Motet: Ite, procul abite, maestitiae
ed. Michael Talbot| Full score and parts | ISMN 979 0 708146 39 1 | Soprano voice, two violins, basso continuo |
Torelli, Giuseppe, Motet: O fideles, modicum sustinete tempus
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Giuseppe Torelli (1658–1709)
was the reputed father of the instrumental concerto, yet he also composed sacred vocal music.
Discovered in 2001, when the Berlin Sing-Akademie’s archive was returned from Kiev (where it had been hidden away
since the Second World War
), his five-movement motet
O fideles, modicum sustinete tempus
(‘O ye faithful, pause a short while’), for alto (contralto), two violins and continuo, is a splendid example of its genre. Torelli probably wrote it at Ansbach during a brief interregnum around 1700 when his employer, the Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna, temporarily suspended its orchestra, leaving its members to seek their fortune elsewhere. Like
te, procul abite, maestitiae
(Edition HH, December 2016)
, this is a vibrant, technically challenging work full of exquisite touches that reaches the level of similar motets by Alessandro Scarlatti and looks forward to Vivaldi.
Music example (pdf)