Missa ad imitationem Pater noster
Jacobus Gallus was born as Jacob Handl in the Duchy of Krain (Slowenia). He sang in the chapel choir in Melk, was member of the Vienna Imperial Court Music Ensemble, Episcopalian choir director in Olmütz and cantor at St. John’s church in Prague. Gallus was one of the most prolific composers of the 16th century and is said to have had an encyclopedic musical knowledge. He composed vast amounts of sacral music, as can be seen in the 20 volumes of his complete works republished between 1985 and 1996: they include 13 volumes of motets, two volumes madrigals and five volumes of masses. His compositions are influenced by both Dutch and Venetian polyphonic vocal traditions; Gallus often varies the number of voices, uses echo effects and striking rhythms. The Missa ad imitationem Pater noster, which was first published in a printed edition in 1580, was written for double chorus.
Translation: Nora Tunkel
Organist: Jeremy Joseph
Choir: Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna State Opera men's choir, Choralschola of the Imperial Court Chapel
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