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Composer: Giovanni PalestrinaArranged 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.