Sunday, 26 May 2013

Magister Symon: Hebe potens cithara

Hebe potens cithara (5vv, SATTB) is the only work in I-TVd 36 composed by Magister Symon [Simon of Ferrara].  It is a funerary motet dedicated to Sigismondo Atestini, probably the youngest son of Ercole d’Este, who died in 1524. Like other funerary motets like Nymphes des bois, Continuo lacrimas and O, mors inevitabilis there is a cantus firmus (once again in the Quinta pars) taken from the Missa pro defunctis. However, it is not the usual Introitus but the Communio Lux aeterna:

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