What is a motet?
am so passionate about it that for me it's just 'Dixit'. Itself.
Such a glorious composition!
(It must've been wonderful singing it!)
And it probably comes out on top.
For me it definitely does, you know my weakness for Handel! 🤷♀️
Many composers have set the words of O Magnum Mysterium as a motet.
One of my favourites is by Tomás Luis de Victoria:
I love the transition into the Alleluia.
Almost 400 years later, it seems that Francis Poulenc took inspiration from Victoria as he composed his motets:
I’m very fond, also, of his setting of O Magnum Mysterium, the first of the four Motets pour le temps de Noël.
But perhaps my favourite of Poulenc’s choral music is Litanies à la Vierge Noire, also on that album. It is mysterious, very moving, and wonderful to sing. (Although it probably isn’t a motet.)
I'm a sucker for Morten Lauridsen's setting of O Magnum Mysterium. Rips my heart to shreds.