- exquisite Renaissance motet
- setting of Psalm 42
- perfect for Easter Vigil
Sicut cervus is by many accounts the most outstanding example of religious choral art from the Renaissance.
It was written by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, often called "The Savior of Church Music," for his role in purging secular influences which had pervaded liturgical music in his time.
Prof. Andrea Angelini has taken Palestrina's exquisite music and added restrained editorial markings to promote an authentic and expressive rendition of the motet.
The SATB choral lines are consolidated into a "Rehearsal Only" keyboard score (as always with CNP), to facilitate learning.
The Latin text is taken from Psalm 42: "As the deer longs for flowing waters, so longs my soul for you, O God."
The allusion to baptism makes this motet ideal for the Easter Vigil (Psalm 42 occurs as one of the Responsorial Psalms that night) and indeed for all of Eastertide.
In a more general sense, the soul's longing for union with God can be fulfilled in the reception of the Eucharist, making Sicut cervus an excellent choice for any Communion-time meditation.
Order #: 7090
- Treasury Series
- Ordinary Time
- SATB Choir
- a cappella