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Monteverdi, “Deposuit potentes” (He hath put down the mighty)

 

 

The first track is from the soundtrack to the French director Robert Bresson’s film Mouchette (1967). Viewing this film, at the long gone Elgin Theater on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, I first became aware of Monteverdi. A similar thing has happened to me with literature, for example: when I first read a few paragraphs from The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing, an author I had barley heard of, in a course at Columbia University.

The second track is from a recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 by the Sixteen, an English choral group.

The third track is from a recording of a live performance by Tenet Vocal Artists of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 which I attended in January 2020 at St. Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.

You can also view on YouTube at

 

Deposuit potentes de sede,
Et exaltavit humiles

He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

— Luke 1:52

 

Pathos, beauty, intense spirituality.

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

   September 2020; revised March 2022

Monteverdi, Vespers of 1610

 

FOR THE MOST HOLY

VIRGIN,

A MASS FOR SIX VOICES

[FOR CHURCH CHOIRS]

AND VESPERS TO BE SUNG

BY SEVERAL VOICES,

WITH SEVERAL SACRED SONGS,

SUITED FOR CHAPELS OR THE CHAMBERS OF PRINCES

THE WORK

OF CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI,

RECENTLY COMPOSED

AND DEDICATED TO THE MOST BLESSED POPE PAUL V.

Venice, by Riccianlo Amadino.

1610.

 

 

 

Monteverdi, Vespers – libretto

 

 

Posted here is Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespera della Beata Vergine in the version known as the Vespers of 1610. A complete libretto (Word document) is attached above.

I have known and admired the Vespers for a long time, and finally got to hear them performed live, in an outstanding performance by Tenet Vocal Artists, a Renaissance music choral group, at the Church of Saint Jean Baptiste in Manhattan on January 2, 2020.

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

    February 2020

 

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the complete work