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Dum transisset

By John Taverner

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SATbarB choir a cappella
Composed by John Taverner (1490-1545). Liturgical Use: Easter Sunday. Text: Latin. Choral. Vocal Score. Duration ca. 6 minutes. Notre Dame Choir Editions #NDC034. Published by Notre Dame Choir Editions (PE.NDC034).

Item Number: PE.NDC034


A responsory motet which inaugurated a new practice in 16th century polyphonic respond settings by presenting the verses ordinarily chanted by the choir in florid polyphony while allowing the soloist's chants to remain as unadorned plainchant [a reversal of the practice until then]. In the polyphonic sections, the plainchant treads steadily in even note values surrounded by the composer's characteristic arching and soaring melodic phrases. The stylistic contrast between chant and polyphony could not be more dramatic and results in a work of unmatched choral splendor as befits this Easter morning text [the two Mary's arrive at the tomb to anoint Christ's body and find...Alleluia].

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