O decus ecclesiae

By: Heinrich Isaac
For: Quintet of Soprano Recorders
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Composer
Heinrich Isaac
Year of composition
1508
Arranger
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
8 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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This is taken from Motetti a cinque libro primo published in 1508 by Petrucci. Although a motet it is instrumental in style. Each of the two sections is based on a cantus firmus which begins as a single note. One note is added at each repetition until a complete hexachord is formed. The process is repeated removing one note each time. I have transposed the piece from C to G and made a few adjustments to the fourth voice to make it suitable for modern recorders. The transposition makes it difficult to indicate exactly what musica ficta have been added, but I could supply an untransposed version to anybody who is interested.

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