Juan Esquivel – Magnificat Quinti Toni (odd verses) AATTBar(Bar)B

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11 pages. Also available for SSAAT(T)B.

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Esquivel’s 1613 publication contains a complete cycle of 16 Magnificat settings – two on each tone, with the more ambitious odd verse settings designated for first Vespers and the simpler even verse settings for second Vespers. In this setting on the 5th tone, Esquivel employs an opulent 6-voice texture before expanding it to 7 voices for the Gloria Patri verse, filled with contrapuntal ingenuity: Superius II paraphrases the 5th tone in long note values, Altus II and Tenor II engage in a canon at the octave and Altus I cycles through all 8 plainsong formulas for saeculorum Amen in numerical order. Tenor II may be sung by Basses if desired.

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