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

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By Anonymous 4

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Choral Choir (Mixed) - Level 4 - Digital Download
Composed by Anonymous 4. Arranged by Susan Hellauer. Classical, Sacred. Octavo. 3 pages. Susan Hellauer #3213233. Published by Susan Hellauer (A0.878594).

Item Number: A0.878594

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 the Alleluia. It is characterized by a double-versicle structure (1a-1b, 2a-2b, etc. with occasional variations) for any number of stanzas. They were written in great numbers, for the highest feasts, as well as for the lowliest local saints. With a few exceptions (e.g., Victimae paschali laudesDies irae), they were expunged in the 16th century by the Council of Trent.

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

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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