Miserere mei, Deus was composed by the italian composer Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) during the 1630s for use in the Sistine Chapel during matins, as part of the exclusive Tenebrae service on Wednesday and Friday of the Holy Week. The Miserere is written for two choirs, one of five and one of four voices, and is generally accepted to be one of the finest examples of Renaissance polyphony to survive to the present day. Tutti choirs sing a simple version of the original Miserere chant; one voice then, spatially separated, sings an ornamented “commentary” on this. The comment-part of the composure is left out in this arrangement due to its meaning with text, though monotonous in tune. The introduction is added by the arranger to set the right atmosphere before the original chant is played. These passages comes from Miserere mei, Deus by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Préz (1450-1521). Alternate start would be at letter A. The Timpani part is entirely made up and is written in the style of the music of that period; the part can therefore be left out in order to perform the Miserere as written originally. The brass choirs is meant to be placed opposite each other in a Church or large hall.
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