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Giuseppe Torelli

Motet: O fideles, modicum sustinete tempus

Alto, two violins and basso continuo

edited by Michael Talbot

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 the four-movement Ite, 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.

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O fideles, modicum sustinete tempus
hh434.fsp · ISMN 979 0 708146 40 7 · ISBN 978-1-910359-53-2
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