Josquin des Prez – Memor esto verbi tui ATBarB


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A substantial setting of verses from Psalm 119. Unusually, the opening lines (Think upon thy servant, as concerning thy word) are repeated in an insistent and haunting fashion at the very end. The reason for this is told by the 16th century theorist Heinrich Glarean: “Louis XII, the French king, had promised Josquin a benefice. When the promise remained unfulfilled (as is wont to happen at the courts of kings), Josquin composed the motet Memor esto verbi tui with such majesty and elegance that, when it was brought to the song school and examined with strict justice, it was admired by everyone. The king, filled with shame, did not dare to defer any longer, and immediately discharged the favour which he had promised.”

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