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Motets manuscrits
ROBERT, Pierre (ca 1622-1699)

Motets manuscrits
Editor : Thomas Leconte

Serie : Edition critique - Monumentales
Under collection : Pierre Robert
Sort of sheet music : critical edition
Reference : CMBV_059
ISMN 979-0-707034-59-0
Pagination : CXXXV-144
Binding : paperback

Price : 147,00 € T.T.C
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Presentation

The present volume inaugurates VI Series of the « Monumentales » editions of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles. This sixth series is devoted to the work of Pierre Robert, a composer from the « French Parnassus » who is still too little-known and underperformed, however he was one of the most important one during the regn of Louis XIV.

Pierre Robert (ca 1622-1699) heir to the great polyphonic tradition of the late Renaissance by his training and his activity
in three of the most important cathedrals of the kingdom: Senlis (1643-1650 and 1652-1653), Chartres (1650-1652) and
Paris (1653-1662). In 1663, together with Henry Du Mont, he is appointed as sous maître (i.e. director of the music) in the
Royal Chapel, a prestigious position he occupied until 1683. He contributed to the emergence of new forms of religious
music: by participating in the creation of a specific repertory for the Royal Chapel, he thus laid the fundations of the French
grand and petit motets.

The volume includes all the pieces that have come to us in manuscript form. The works gathered here belong to the two
“phases” of the composer’s career, and their different natures and aesthetics reveal two really distinct manners, are reflected in two different sections. The first, comprising three maitrisian motets in old-style couterpoint, deriving from the music collection of the Parisian convent of the Petits-Père of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, relates to the initial phase of Robert’s career in cathedrals. The second manner, larger section gathers the eleven élévations from the repertory of petits motets built for the Royal Chapel. These works, in a more concertante style, let discover a musical language that synthesizes in a highly personnal way the great couterpoint tradition and an astonishing modernity.



General points
Period : baroque period
Genre : sacred

Include
Illustrations : 10
Appendices : Splendor arternae gloriae Et valde mane
Language’s introduction : français/English
Works : 13 motets
Copyright : 07.2015
Works include :
Adoro te devote
Amavit eum Dominus
Descende caelitus
Domine quinque talenta
Et valde mane
Euge serve bone
Memorare dulcissime Jesu
O flamma quae semper luces
Regina caeli laetare (1re version)
Regina caeli laetare (2de version)
Sancti spiritus
Splendor aeternae
Transfige dulcissime Jesu
Tristis est anima mea
Description of the works
Adoro te devote
Characteristics
Tone : G minor
Duration : from 10' to 19'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : SSD [D, Bd, Bt]
Instruments needed : 2 violins/basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 3 mixed voices
Detail 2 : Instruments

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Amavit eum Dominus
Characteristics
Tone : A Major
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : SA [D, Hc]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 2 female voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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Descende caelitus
Characteristics
Tone : C Major
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin
Liturgy : 1 male voice

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : B [Bt]
Instruments needed : 2 violins/basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 2 : Instruments

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Domine quinque talenta
Characteristics
Tone : G minor
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : AT [Hc, T]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 2 mixed voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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Et valde mane
Characteristics
Tone : A Major
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : SATB [D, Hc, T, Bt]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 4 mixed voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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Euge serve bone
Characteristics
Tone : G minor
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : AT [Hc, T]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 2 mixed voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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Memorare dulcissime Jesu
Characteristics
Tone : G Major
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : STB [D, T, B]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 3 mixed voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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O flamma quae semper luces
Characteristics
Tone : G minor
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : AA [2 Hc]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 2 female voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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Regina caeli laetare (1re version)
Characteristics
Tone : F Major
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin
Liturgy : Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary

EFFECTIFS
Choir formation : SSSAATTB [2 D, Hc, T - D, Hc, T, B]
Instruments needed : (basso continuo)
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 8 mixed voices
Detail 2 : figured bass - a cappella

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Regina caeli laetare (2de version)
Characteristics
Tone : F Major
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin
Liturgy : Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary

EFFECTIFS
Choir formation : SSATB [D, Bd, Hc, T, B]
Instruments needed : violin/(basso continuo)
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 5 mixed voices
Detail 2 : Instruments

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Sancti spiritus
Characteristics
Tone : C Major
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : AA [2 Hc]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 2 female voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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Splendor aeternae
Characteristics
Tone : G minor
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : A [Hc] or STB [D, T, Bt]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 3 mixed voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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Transfige dulcissime Jesu
Characteristics
Tone : G minor
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin

EFFECTIFS
Soloists needed : SAB [D, Hc, Bt]
Instruments needed : basso continuo
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 3 mixed voices
Detail 2 : figured bass

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Tristis est anima mea
Characteristics
Tone : D minor
Duration : less than 10'
Text in : latin
Liturgy : Holy Week

EFFECTIFS
Choir formation : SATB (x2) [D, Hc, T, Bt - D, Hc, T, B]
Instruments needed : (basso continuo)
Repertoire for : Solo voice or small vocal ensemble
Detail 1 : 8 mixed voices
Detail 2 : figured bass - a cappella

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EXTRACTS (PDF)
See the extract 1


Other sort of sheet music available :
- Scores, Motets des Petits-Pères de Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, ROBERT, Pierre, off-print
- Scores, Motets des Petits-Pères de Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, ROBERT, Pierre, set of parts
- Scores, Élévations pour la Chapelle du roi, vol. 1, ROBERT, Pierre, kit for performance
- Scores, Élévations pour la Chapelle du roi, vol. 2, ROBERT, Pierre, kit for performance
- Scores, Élévations pour la Chapelle du roi, vol. 3, ROBERT, Pierre, kit for performance


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- Scores, Motets à une voix, 2 violes et basse-continue, BOUTEILLER, Pierre, full score
- Scores, Cantica sacra (1652), DU MONT, Henry, critical edition
- Scores, Caeleste convivium, DANIELIS, Daniel, critical edition
- Scores, Petits Motets, vol.1, CHARPENTIER, Marc-Antoine, critical edition


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