Alessandro Grandi

A rather serious-faced Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630)
When he arrived to take up a position at Venice's St Marks in 1617, Grandi had already been maestro di cappella in Ferrara for several years.
He left for Bergamo in 1627, only to fall victim to the plague there in 1630.

O speciosa

GRA024.1
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This motet in praise of the Virgin alternates a solo group of two sopranos (or tenors) and bass with tutti sections, in which the trio is reinforced by a ripieno group of SATB.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

O vos omnes

GRA205.1
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Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
Scoring: Soprano, 3 viols (SAB), continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization.
If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Osculetur me

GRA032.1
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Another setting fo the Song of Songs, this is one of the longer motets from Grandi's book of solos. It is scored for soprano (range d-f') and continuo, and calls for some agile ornamentation.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quam dilecta

GRA044.1
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This strange piece comes from Grandi's first book of concertato motets of 1610. A setting for Psalm 83 (84): 2-5, it is homophonic throughout (with only hints at imitation) and the bottom voice (originally in Alto clef) is doubled at pitch throughout by the organ.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quam pulchra es

GRA064.1
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This setting for Tenor and continuo of verses from The Song of Songs is also available for the same voice transposed down a fourth (as suggested by the composer).
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quam pulchra es

GRA029.1
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This Marian motet, setting a popular text from the Song of Songs, comes from Grandi's only printed set of motets for solo voice and continuo. The alto part ranges from the G below middle C to the B flat above. Following contemporary practice, we also offer this motet transposed up a fourth (or down a fifth) for soprano or tenor (range c-e flat').
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quam pulchra es

GRA018.1
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This setting of a popular Song of Songs text is one of five cantilenas in Grandi's fifth book of concertato motets, Celesti Fiori. The two soloists (either sopranos or tenors) sing three verses (one each and then in duet), interspersed with a "choral" (SATB) refrain.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quam pulchra es

GRA507.1
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This SATTB motet is not, as you might expect, a setting of the familiar Song of Songs text; rather, it combines texts based on the Books of Wisdom and Proverbs as a warning that beauty and good favour on earth are no substitute for everlasting happiness in heaven.There are brief solos for the four upper voices.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
12pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quasi arcus

GRA081.1
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This motet for soprano and two violins from the composer's third book of Motetti con sinfonie of 1629 sings the praise of St Alexander, one of the patrons of Bergamo, where Grandi was working at the time. Like other motets in the set, it is built in a ritornello structure with a decorated close.
Edited by Brian Clark.
4pp.

Quasi cedrus

GRA035.1
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Published in Grandi's last book of motets, this SATB setting of a text from Ecclesiasticus is through-composed. There is some imitative writting but no virtuosity.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
12pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quemadmodum desiderat cervus

GRA517.1
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This Soprano / Bass duet comes from the sixth and last of the composer's concertato motets, printed in 1630 (the year he died). It is to all intents and purposes a sacred love duet, which starts with the bass calling to the soprano, who answers "Whose voice is this I hear?"
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Qui timetis Dominum

GRA514.1
 
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"Ye that fear the Lord" recurs four times in this setting of texts from Ecclesiastes. Grandi sets the opening as a Tenor duet, the second time he uses Soprano, Alto and Bass, the four upper voices sing the third occurrence, while the fourth is given to all five voices (SATTB). The responses are full-textured and richly harmonic in each case.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quo rubicunda rosa

GRA511.1
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The composer very skilfully sets this prayer to the Virgin Mary as a dialogue, the Soprano and Alto are one group and the lower three voices the other. He also uses rhythmic devices (single bars of common time within a triple section) to stress individual words in the text. A very effective SATTB piece.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
12pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Quomodo dilexi

GRA504.1
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An SSATB setting of texts from one of Grandi's favourite sources, The Song of Songs, this motet starts with an extended Soprano solo, which is answered by the Bass. A duet follows, before Soprano 1 sings alone again. At Bar 91, the Tenor opens the five-part section "Let us love him who before loved us".
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Regina caeli

GRA083.1
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Taken from Grandi's third book of motets with violins, this is a lovely soprano setting of the Marian antiphon for the period from Easter to Trinity Sunday.
Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.

Regina caeli

GRA045.1
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This Marian antiphon setting introduces each of the three female voices in turns, then they join for "Ora pro nobis, alleluia", which is perhaps most interesting for its precise dynamic markings.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Respice Domine

GRA062.1
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This solo soprano motet sets a text based on verses from Psalms 24 and 26.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Salva me, salutaris hostia

GRA005.1
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This motet for two sopranos, two violins and continuo was not published by the composer himself, but rather comes from a collection of pieces "by the most celebrated masters".
Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.

Sancte Sebastiane

GRA503.1
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This SATTB tribute to the famous martyr opens with a phrase that will be familiar to anyone who has performed Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. There is some effective concitato writing describing the showers of arrows he had to endure.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
8pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Surge propera

GRA202.1
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Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
Scoring: Soprano, Bass, continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization.
If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Tota pulchra es

GRA034.1
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This Song of Songs setting likewise comes from Grandi's 1621 book of solo motets. It is scored for soprano (the range is d-f') and continuo.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Tota pulchra es

GRA084.1
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This Marian antiphon setting for soprano, two violins and continuo comes from Grandi's first book of motetti con sinfonie, first published in 2619.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Veni Sancte Spiritus

GRA043.1
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For much of this fine duet, the Bass voice doubles or ornaments the continuo line, but there are also concertato passages where the texture is written in three real parts.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Venite filii

GRA020.1
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This duet for Sopranos (which may also be sung by Tenors) comes from Grandi's second book of motets, printed in 1617.
Edited by Dennis Collins.
4pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Versa est in luctum

GRA513.1
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This SATTB setting of verses from the Book of Job mostly maintains the five-voice texture throughout. The most expressive harmonies are reserved for the phrase "Thou are changed to be cruel toward me" - emotive stuff, indeed!
Edited by Dennis Collins.
12pp.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.