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The music of Cipriano De Rore

Plange quasi virgo - Accingite vos


A. Type: Motet
B. Number of voices: 5vv
Ct. Text: (with translation in French English) : Read


E. To be found in the following score sources:

following: Bernstein, Jane A. (1998) :
- 1545 : {Bernstein} - 52 : 'Rore, Motetta quinque vocum'

following: CMME Project(The) - Dumitrescu (e.a.), Theodor :
- {Census} - ParisBNC 851 ("Bourdeney Manuscript") : '{Census} - ParisBNC 851 ("Bourdeney Manuscript")'

following: Lewis, Mary S. (1988) :
- 1545 : {Lewis_1} - 73 : 'RORE. MOTETS A 5'

following: Meier, Bernardus (1959) :
- 1545 : {Meier_I} - R1545 : 'Cipriani Rore Musici Excellentissimi Motetta nunc primum summa diligentia in lumen prodita. Venetiis apud Antonium Gardane. MDXXXXV'


F. Modern score:

See 'Meier, Bernardus : Cipriani Rore Opera Omnia, Vol I : Motets' : p.63

  • Contents of this volume of Meier
  • American Institute of Musicology : Uitgave De Rore (B. Meier)


    I. Incipit: M_1_63.jpg Source: 'Meier, Bernardus : Cipriani Rore Opera Omnia', American Institute of Musicology


    J. Discography:

    1 - ' Cipriano de Rore : Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem (Huelgas Ensemble) , Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel (Harmonia Mundi)
    2 - ' Voces Aequales - Officium de Cruce , Voces Aequales (Fono Records)


    L. References:

    References with citation/remark:

    1 : Meier, Bernardus, Cipriani Rore Opera Omnia, Vol I : Motets (American Institute of Musicology (AIM), 1959)
    - p.IV : 'The introduction of accidentals foreign to the mode often leads to the formation of irregular Phrygian cadences, for instance in bars 130-135 of In convertendo Dominus (Euntes ibant et flebant), bars 45-48 and 100-104 of Plange quasi virgo (et amara calde), bars 55-64 of Quanti mercenarii (pecavi), and bars 102f. of Levavi oculos meos (ab omni malo). Also worth mentioning is the music of the question Quid fecisti? (Domine Deus, bars 65-73): together with two regular cadences on the final G (second mode transposed), there are irregular Phrygian cadences in a and d.
    Still more unusal is the setting of the words dolorum meorum in corde meo (Tribularer, si nescirem, bars 72ff.): the Phrygian cadence in a which is, strictly speaking, not allowed in the third mode, is followed by a second cadence on d, still further away from the normal Phrygian closes. In contrast to this, Rore makes use of the Phrygian cadences d, a, and e at the end of the section of the motet O altitudo divitiarum beginning with the words et investigabiles vice eius (bars 33-48). All these cadences deviate from the norm adopted by the second mode transposed, though admittedly the cadence on e is somewhat disguised by the cadential progressions of the Cantus and Bassus.'

    2 : Mancini, Donato, Plange quasi virgo, motet : Composition Description ()
    in : All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com), : www.allmusic.com : Plange quasi virgo : 'The two composers responsible for first elevating the Italian madrigal to the height of humanistic renaissance arts were Cipriano de Rore and Adrian Willaert. On Rore's side, it's his intense seriousness and his uncompromising and moody way that made the transformation possible. One of the things he did was apply the polyphonic methods of solemn Franco-Flemish church music to the madrigal form. Plange quasi virgo is a sacred motet that shows him pouring out his subjective griefs through a traditional musical mode. It therefore directly illuminates the source of his madrigal style. Like Michelangelo, to whom Rore has been compared, he was able to perfectly manifest the unique qualities of his talent and character in essentially traditional forms. So this motet, which begs listeners to weep for the world like the Virgin Mary wept for her dead Jesus, is better heard as a highly personal, completely subjective cry directly from Rore's soul. With his free-minded, ever-changing polyphony and his developed use of tonality as an architectural element, he makes a very powerful, individualized statement of Plange quasi virgo'


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