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Sequence: Verbum bonum et suave from Anonymous 4 "Secret Voices"

By Anonymous

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Voice Duet, Choir, Equal voice duet or choir - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Anonymous. Arranged by Susan Hellauer. Early Music, Sacred. Score. 3 pages. Published by Published by Susan Hellauer (S0.256283).

Item Number: S0.256283

Anonymous two-voice sequence from the Las Huelgas Codex (c. 1300) from Anonymous 4's recording Secret Voices (2011; harmonia mundi 807510). Duration: 2' 46". 

The medieval sequence (sequentia) is a part of the Proper of the Mass, following theAlleluia. It is characterized by a double-versicle structure (1a-1b, 2a-2b, etc. withoccasional variations) for any number of stanzas. They were written in great numbers, forthe highest feasts, as well as for the lowliest local saints. With a few exceptions (e.g.,Victimae paschali laudes, Dies irae), they were expunged in the 16th century by theCouncil of Trent.

This sweet, intimate sequence is really a duo love song to the Virgin Mary. Although theoriginal notation does not show exact rhythms, Anonymous 4 performed it with a gentle 6/8sway.

Scores in two different keys are included, but this song may be sung in any comfortable key. 

Score includes translation and performance notes.

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