Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter: Princess, nun and musician (Motets from a 16th-century convent) | Obsidian CD717

Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter: Princess, nun and musician (Motets from a 16th-century convent)

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Label: Obsidian

Cat No: CD717

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd March 2017

Contents

Artists

Musica Secreta
Celestial Sirens

Conductors

Laurie Stras
Deborah Roberts

Artists

Musica Secreta
Celestial Sirens

Conductors

Laurie Stras
Deborah Roberts

About

Suor Leonora d’Este (1515–1575), Lucrezia Borgia’s daughter, was a princess, a nun, and a musician. She left little to illuminate her history, but an obscure book of motets may at least help us understand her musical life: the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata, published in Venice in 1543. The book is anonymous, but it contains clues to its origins that lead us to the door of Leonora d’Este’s home, the convent of Corpus Domini in Ferrara, perhaps even suggesting that she was its unidentified composer.

This music is the earliest published polyphony for nuns. This recording by Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens allows it to be heard for the first time through carefully researched performances.

Tracklisting:
1. Tribulationes civitatum audivimus
2. Suscipe verbum, virgo Maria
3. Haec dies quam fecit Dominus
4. Ego sum panis vitae
5. O salutaris hostia
6. Veni sponsa Christi
7. Salve sponsa Dei
8. Hodie Simon Petrus
9. Ave sanctissima Maria
10. Sicut lilium inter spinas
11. Angelus Domini descendit
12. Felix namque es
13. Angustiae mihi sunt
14. O beate Christi confessor
15. Iste est Joannes
16. Angeli archangeli troni

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