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Zarlino: Motets from 1549

Zarlino: Motets from 1549
Gioseffo Zarlino
Motets from 1549
Edited by Cristle Collins Judd
This edition is a set of two volumes, each sold separately.

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Gioseffo Zarlino was without doubt the most highly regarded music theorist of the sixteenth century. Although also a published composer, his present-day reputation rests on his status as a theorist and position as maestro di cappella at the basilica of San Marco in Venice. Insofar as Zarlino is known as a composer at all, it is primarily through his self-citation of his compositions in his theory treatise Le istitutioni harmoniche (Venice, 1558). The present edition brings together motets Zarlino published in 1549. Part 1 comprises, in their original order, ten motets for five voices that were composed as part of a single continuous cycle setting the Song of Songs; part 2 contains the remaining eleven motets of his Musici quinque vocum moduli, ranging from antiphon settings to newly composed texts. Dispersed among three motet prints from 1549, the recovery of Zarlino’s previously unknown Song of Songs cycle offers the opportunity to witness the intersection of theoretical and compositional priorities in the work of a single composer-theorist as well as insight into musical, theoretical, and theological questions that impinge on our understanding of sacred music in Venice from the 1540s.
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