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Program: #17-02, Air Date: 01/02/17

This contemporary of Praetorius worked in Weimar and Waldheim, and was in the midst of the Catholic-Lutheran split and the Thirty Years’s War.

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the 2 CD set of music by Melchior Vulpius. It features the Capella Daleminzia directed by René Michael Röder and is on the Querstand label, VKJK 1523.

Melchior Vulpius: 6- Bis 7-Stimmige Motetten der Canationes Sacrae I

Vulpius: 6 - 7-stimmige Motetten der Cantiones Sacrae I by Capella Daleminzia


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In 1596, the Wasungen-born Melchior Vulpius was called to Weimar as the cantor, music and Latin teacher at the municipal school and the St. Peter and Paul Parish Church (Stadtkirche). Thus he became the highest ranking Ernestine church musician and the expectations of him were equally high. Within some years, he created a considerable repertoire, which he published from 1602 onwards: He released a new collection almost every year until his early death in 1615 aged 45. Many of them found their way to the cantorial library in the little Saxon town of Waldheim where they were preserved until today. Since 2002, this musical heritage has been investigated and gradually made accessible to the public once more. Waldheim’s cantor René Michael Röder and Capella Daleminzia directed by him have now started to release a CD series with the complete works by Vulpius. This double CD as Vol. 1 of the Melchior Vulpius Edition contains the 23 six-part and 5 seven-part motets of the Cantiones Sacrae I. These are mainly musical versions of psalms and Gospel texts. However, a jubilee motet is included as well celebrating the 5th birthday of Prince Johann Philipp of Saxony-Weimar who later would reign in the Duchy Saxony-Altenburg which had been split from the main Duchy Saxony-Weimar. The nine-part motet "Surrexit pastor bonus" for Easter Monday is the only one in this collection to be sung by four choirs and contains another special feature. While Choir 1 sings the Latin text, the Choirs 2, 3, and 4 contrast this with hymn in German language.

1 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum I. Iesu redemtor seculi 08:29
2 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum II. Diligam te Domine fortitudo mea
04:27
3 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum III. Venite exultemus Domino 04:25
4 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum IV. Simile est regnum caelorum homini regi 
07:38
5 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum V. Miserere mei Deus 05:23
6 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum VI. Homo quidam erat dives 06:32
8 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum VIII. Qvi vult ad fixam vitae contendere metam 01:49
9 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum IX. Factum est proelium magnum in caelo 06:10
10 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum X. Cum descendisset Iesus de monte 
06:14
11 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XI. De profundis clamavi ad te Domine 
04:43
12 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XII. Ascendente Iesus in naviculam 
04:36
13 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XIII. Cum invitatus fueris ab aliquo 
03:24

1 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XIV. Angelus ad mulieres dixit 
03:10
2 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XV. Accedentes servi ad patrem familias 
06:07
3 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XVI. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes 
02:38
4 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XVII. Exiens homo primo di luculo 
07:05
5 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XVIII. Praeceptor, per totam noctem laborantes 04:31
6 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XIX. Levavi oculos in montes 05:26
7 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XX. Cum turba plurima conveniret 
05:17
8 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XXI. Egressus Iesus de sinibus Tyri 
06:39
9 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XXII. Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius 
02:45
10 Cantiones Sacrae I: Sex Vocum XXIII. Si quis diligit me 03:18
11 Cantiones Sacrae I: Septem Vocum XXIV. Ecce Magi ab Oriente 
04:51
12 Cantiones Sacrae I: Septem Vocum XXV. Iudaea & Jerusalem nolite timere
02:14
13 Cantiones Sacrae I: Septem Vocum XXVI. Sic Deus dilexit mundum
02:43
14 Cantiones Sacrae I: Septem Vocum XXVII. Deus misereatur nostri 
04:53
15 Cantiones Sacrae I: Septem Vocum XXVIII. Fortunata dies Paulo 
04:08