Composer
PALESTRINA
Title
Exsultate Deo
Instrumentation
piccolo, 3 c flutes, alto flute, bass flute
Editor
Walter
Publisher
Alry Publications
Grade
2-
Product Code
10A2100FC159
flute choir

Composer: Giovanni Palestrina
Arranged by Laura Walter

Palestrina's Exsultate Duo is a motet for 5 voices, scored here for piccolo, 2 C Flutes, Alto Flute and Bass Flute. The tempo can be varied to suit the level of playing in each group. Motives are immitated in each part. Diatonic melodies are treated conservatively by Palestrina to preserve the consonant counterpoint and discreet handling of dissonance that characterize his music. This music has a consistent serenity and transparency in its polyphony; the purity and sacred musical ideal encouraged by church officials of the 16th century. The original text is taken from Psalm 80: 1-3: "Sing joyfully to God our helper..." Scored for piccolo, three C flutes, alto, and bass, with optional C flute part included for alto.

Duration: 2:30

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