Monteverdi: Selva morale et spirituale. Motetti, Hinni, Salve Regina

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Today Monteverdi's Selva morale et spirituale (1641) stands entirely in the shadow of his famous Vespers 1610. The editions from 1610 and 1641 both include music for the Mass and Vespers, but each of these collections was composed under much different circumstances during Monteverdi's lifetime. If the works of 1610 are a bold combination of traditional compositional techniques and avant garde music, which were intended by this weary Court Composer at Mantua as an application portfolio for a new job, the 1641 collection is the only church music by the mature Monteverdi which was published after almost thirty years in his position as Music Director of St. Mark's Cathedral: the latter, a kind of “best of” collection from his many years of experience as a church musician. In Venice the composer had not only a fabulous, but a large ensemble at his disposal (finally, about 35 singers, alone)! The combination of soloistic and weighty tutti sections makes a big effect in this music, it makes the music, with its clearly defined sections and, for the most part homophonic choral passages more easily performable than the Vespers for today's choirs.

The new edition, comprised initially of three volumes, also includes those works from the
Selva Morale (a Mass and two Magnificats) which have already been published by Carus, as well as all further liturgical compositions for use in the church. Volume III, Motetti, Salve Regina, Himini, contains compositions for 1 to 3 voices and basso continuo, some with two violins (the psalms are included in both the Salmi I and Salmi II volumes).

 
The edition is based on the methods employed in the much acclaimed Carus edition of the Vespers:
  • It contains a detailed foreword with suggestions for notation, scoring and for the liturgical use of individual compositions.
  • For the present edition four of te five surviving printed copies, as well as contemporary manuscript were consulted. Facsimilies illustrate special characteristics of the edtion of 1641. A Critical Report makes clear all of the editorial decisions made in the edition.
  • All of the pieces are printed untransposed and using the original note values.
  • All of the pieces are availalble in single editions with complete performance material.
  • Vocal scores of all works with obbligato instrumets facilitate rehearsal.
  • Instrumental parts for collaparte accompaniment of tutti-sections (including text underlay).

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