Palestrina, Manchicourt, Marenzio
From St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, a concert in honour of St Cecilia concludes with a motet and a mass composed for her by Palestrina and six of his Roman contemporaries.
Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
Presented by Catherine Bott
A mass and motets in honour of St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, performed by the BBC Singers and Peter Phillips
G P da Palestrina:
Motet: Cantantibus organis
Palestrina and others: Missa cantantibus organis
Pierre de Manchicourt: Cantantibus organis
Luca Marenzio: Cantantibus organis
St Cecilia, patroness of musicians and church music, was a Roman noblewoman, martyred for her Christian faith, whose feast day falls on November 22. In this BBC Singers concert, live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, Peter Phillips conducts 16th and 17th century music celebrating St Cecilia and her honoured place in music. The programme includes motets for her feast day, a mass in her honour composed by Palestrina and six of his Roman contemporaries, and some of the winning entries from the famous St Cecilia international motet-writing competition set up by Guillaume de Costeley in France in the 1570s.
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