ut phoebi radiis, josquin des prez,
i’ve never ever heard of or come across this piece of music until today. i’m so excited about this. there’s so much i’m excited about. as a play on the word “ut” the bottom two parts make up a sort of … soggetto cavato on the ut re mi fa sol la hexacord. the bottom two parts start with “ut” or “do” a 4th apart. in keeping with the “ut” wordplay, the motive is expanded upon in anticipation of each phrase. goodness i’m not awake enough for this yet.
okay let me try this again.
so, in the text of this, many phrases begin with the word “ut.” before the soprano and alto start their very first phrase, the tenor and bass sing “ut,” separately, a perfect 4th apart. this sets up a kind of canon between the bottom two voices. this canon between the bottom two voices and anticipation of each phrase of the top two voices continues on and on until all four voices are taking part in this solfege motive. by measure 55 the bottom three voices complete their “ut re me fa sol la” motive and the tenor holds their “la” until the very end of the first part. at measure 62, while the tenor is holding out their “la,” the soprano and alto are singing homophonically for the first time, AND THE BASS FINALLY GETS TO SING ACTUAL TEXT FOR THE FIRST TIME YET. this first part closes with the text “Petri currere prora,Sic super omne quod est regnas, o virgo Maria."
okay, this is a bad time for this apparently.
last one from last night. FOOTBAAAAAALL!! SUN DEVIIIILS BROOOOO! 🙏🙌🏈