Polyphony for World Voice Day

 Today is the World Voice Day. I don’t exactly know where I saw this video for the first time but I was quite impressed not only because we can see exactly how our vocal cords actually work when we’re singing, but also because the musical example that illustrates the singing technique is of the finest late Renaissance sacred vocal polyphony. To be precise, the music is by Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria, the Kyrie from his 4-part (SATB) Missa O magnum mysterium, a parody mass based on his own beautiful motet of the same incipit. The image shows the superius part from 1592 print and you can find the modern transcription of this work HERE.


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