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Suor Leonora d'Este (1515-1575): Motets set to music by Frescobaldi, handel, Froberger, Rameau, et al. "Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter" / Musica Secreta; Celestial Sirens

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Italian : Tribulationes civitatum audivimus, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua v
>Anonymous, Italian : Suscipe verbum, virgo Maria, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Haec dies quam fecit Dominum, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata
>Anonymous, Italian : Ego sum panis vitae, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : O salutaris hostia, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Veni sponsa Christi, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Salve sponsa Dei, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Hodie Simon Petrus, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Ave sanctissima Maria, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Sicut lilium inter spinas, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Angelus Domini descendit, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Felix namque es, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Angustiae mihi sunt, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : O beate Christi confessor, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Iste est Joannes, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
>Anonymous, Italian : Angeli archangeli troni, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Suor Leonora d'Este (1515-1575), Lucrezia Borgia's daughter, was a princess, a nun, and a musician. She left little to illuminate her history, but an obscure book of motets may at least help us understand her musical life: the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata, published in Venice in 1543. The book is anonymous, but it contains clues to its origins that lead us to the door of Leonora d'Este's home, the convent of Corpus Domini in Ferrara, perhaps even suggesting that she was its unidentified composer. The music here is the earliest published polyphony for nuns. This recording by Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens allows it to be heard for the first time through carefully researched performances.



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Works Details

>Anonymous, Italian : Tribulationes civitatum audivimus, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua v
  • Conductor: Laurie Stras
  • Ensemble: Musica Secreta
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Suscipe verbum, virgo Maria, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Conductor: Deborah Roberts
  • Ensemble: Celestial Sirens
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Haec dies quam fecit Dominum, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Ego sum panis vitae, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : O salutaris hostia, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Veni sponsa Christi, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Salve sponsa Dei, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Hodie Simon Petrus, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Ave sanctissima Maria, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Sicut lilium inter spinas, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Angelus Domini descendit, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Felix namque es, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Angustiae mihi sunt, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : O beate Christi confessor, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Iste est Joannes, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Angeli archangeli troni, motet for 5 voices (Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance