I was thinking a while ago in writing a post here about the International Music Day, since today everyone’s posting stuff about music. But then realized that when you work in music, whether early or more recent, every day is a “music day” so there is nothing extraordinary about October 1st.
Then I thought “why not publish something extraordinary about the music you study”. Well here is something that, in my opinion, is one of the great achievements of the 16th century in the so-called stile antico or polyphonic writing: writing for 40 parts. I chose Alessandro Striggio’s motet Ecce beatam lucem a 40, but the most well-known work for these number o voices is, of course, Thomas Tallis motet Spem in alium. There is also another recent recording of another work by Striggio: the Missa sopra Ecco si beato giorno. Enjoy!