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Edited by Helen Roberts
A five-voice Laudate pueri dominum from the Royal Music Manuscripts collection of the British Library, with obligato hautbois, strings and bassoon.
This interesting anonymous piece, with a lovely ciaconna section for concerted tenor solo in the middle, appears amongst works by Rosenmüller, Krieger, Rossi and other mid- to late-seventeenth century composers in a manuscript copied in an eighteenth century hand. Stylistically, it appears to be the latest piece in the collection, and represents an unusual mix of national styles. The opening section is written in the style of a French overture, the obligato string parts accompanying the Quis sicut Dominus Deus are reminiscent of Purcell's string writing, whereas the closing fugal Sicut erat could easily belong to an earlier generation of composers.
The edition was commissioned by the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal for a recent performance in which the hautbois parts were taken by cornetts, which gave an earlier slant to the transitional nature of this unusual work.