Canite tuba in Sion

By: Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da
For: Choir
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Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
6 minutes
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Palestrina's setting of Canite tuba is little sung, many presumably being put off by its length. The piece was published in his second book of motets, 1572. I have yet to identify a liturgical function for this fine piece: although there are several Responds in Advent with the same opening, none has exactly this text, while two Antiphons on the 4th Sunday in Advent have the texts Canite tuba in Sion, quia prope est dies Domini; ecce veniet ad salvandum nos, which is different again, and Erunt prava indirecta, et aspera in vias planas. Veni, Domine et noli tardare. Alleluia. The text seems to derive ultimately from Joel II, which provides a reading on the 4th Sunday of Advent.

The piece is unusual in its frequent use of reduced voice groupings.

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