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Gradual for Christmas Day

Belatedly, I remembered that Viderunt Omnes, a very rare example of organum quadruplum (or four-part polyphony) was actually written specifically to be sung on Christmas Day. This version was recorded by The Hilliard Ensemble in 1988 and provides the opening track on their 1989 cd Perotin, which was one of the first in my ars antiqua-collection.

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melegyrn
Dec. 27th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
This is quite a wonderful Christmas present. Thank you!
gamiila
Dec. 27th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
You're welcome! It is quite beautiful, isn't it?

In the mid-80, I became interested in older forms of music quite by accident, when a stuffy old sheet music shop further down the street started selling classical music cd-s as well, and ferreting out the most unusual music became something of a game to me. Unfortunately, the bid to attract a new clientele for the business proved unprofitable in the end, and the shop went bust in a few years. I've never found another treasure trove like it...but I still cherish my small collection of sacred and secular medieval music.
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