Johann Rosenmüller: O felicissimus Paradysi aspectus
for Soprano Solo, Trumpet [in C], 2 Violins, 2 Violas, Bassoon, & Organ
Full Score, Instrumental Parts, & Keyboard Reduction
Purchase together with Ad pugnas as bella for £18.00 using the Rosenmüller Motet Bundle button below.
Nearly all of Rosenmüller’s extant vocal music is sacred. The manuscript for the present cantata is housed at the Berlin State Library in a collection containing thirty-five solo cantatas for a variety of voice types and scorings. (The thirty-five cantatas in this manuscript collection contain another cantata with identical scoring: Ad pugnas ad bella—also edited by the undersigned and published by Septenary Editions, catalogue number SE4-008) This set of cantatas is part of the Bokemeyer Collection, an important collection of approximately 1,800 scores copied mainly in the 1690s by composer Georg Österreich. While it is likely that this work, along with most of his Latin-texted pieces, was composed while he was in Venice, Rosenmüller sent manuscripts back to Germany, a fact that explains it’s appearance, along with that of his other vocal music, in a German source.
Rosenmüller’s solo cantatas, which are comprised of Latin devotional prose and poetry, are modeled on the secular cantatas of composers such as Carissimi and Cesti, with the present work being no exception. Structurally, Italian influence is evident here both with the presence of a brief sinfonia followed by accompagnato, recitativo, aria, and arioso sections/movements as well as with the use of an instrumental ritornello. Additionally, the inclusion and treatment of the trumpet here is Italianate. With the exception of one B5 and one C6 in the sinfonia, the trumpet’s range spans from the 6th to 13th partial of the harmonic series (G4–A5), wider than the soprano’s range from F#4–G5 (with only one instance of the top G).