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Vespro della Beata Vergine

Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of the Holy Virgin). A collection of Masses (Psalms and Hymns) by Monteverdi comp. 1610 for perf. in small surroundings at Mantua and comprising Audi coelum, verba mea, solo v. and 6 vv.; Ave, Maris stella, 8 vv.; Dixit Dominus Domino meo, 6 vv.; Domine ad adjuvandum, 6 vv.; Duo Seraphim, 3 vv.; In illo tempore, 6 vv.; Laetatus sum, 6 vv.; Lauda Jerusalem, 7 vv.; Laudate pueri, 8 vv.; Magnificat, 6 vv.; Magnificat, 7 vv.; Nigra sum, solo v.; Nisi Dominus, 10 vv.; Pulchra es, 2 vv. (all with basso continuo); Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis (sonata) for solo v. with 8 instr. (2 cornets, 2 vn., 2 tb., one of which can be replaced with viola da braccio, and double tb.). This last item can be perf. separately. There are several modern eds. of the Vespers, e.g. by Harnoncourt, W. Goehr, Redlich, Norrington, etc.

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