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Sei Antifone
Six motets in the Palestrinian style, Op. 5
Urtext Edition, Volume I

Edition Details

Composer: Francesco Barsanti (1695–1775)

Date: 1748–1760

Key: Modal

Form: Five-part motets for unaccompanied choir

Style: Palestrinian counterpoint

Scoring: Soprano, Mezzo, Alto, Tenor, Bass

Sources: Four contemporary sources including the composer's first edition, an incomplete set of manuscript parts in the composer's hand, Welker's edition, and the Madrigal Society manuscripts in the hand of copyist William Clarke.

Editorial Category: Urtext edition.

Contents: Historical commentary, research notes, and Critical Report (20 pages). Published in English, French, and German.
(Please note that the material in this volume does not appear separately in either Vol. I or Vol. II.)

Comments: These motets are exquisite examples of their genre, and will make a fine addition to the repertoire of any choral ensemble. Although written for unaccompanied voices, they also lend themselves quite well to performance by instrumental consorts, particularly those composed of recorders and/or viols. There are few challenges of technique in the music; students and amateurs at all levels will find these motets both accessible and rewarding.


Barsanti's Sei Antifone is available in several different formats:

($79.95 plus shipping)

Includes full score for all six motets plus historical commentary and critical report. Bound in three volumes (92 pages total). Comes with an eco-friendly music folder.

($31.95 plus shipping)
Includes full score for Ne reminiscaris Domine, Asperges Me, and Agios o Theos. 32 pages.

VOLUME II: Motets IV-VI ($39.95 plus shipping)
Includes full score for De Profundis, Lauda Jerusalem, and Inter Iniquos. 40 pages.

VOLUME III: Commentary and critical report ($19.95 plus shipping)
The material in this volume is not included in Volumes I or II. In English, French, and German. 20 pages.

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