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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. It is by far the latest style piece that appears in the collection and represents an unusual mix of national styles. The opening feels like a French overture, the obligato string parts accompanying the Quis sicut Dominus Deus could be Purcell, and the closing fugal Sicut erat could easily belong to an earlier generation.
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 emphasised to the transitional feel of this unusual work.