Sulpitia Cesis (1577-p.1619)

Cesis” collection of Motetti spirituali is an important body of music both for the generally high quality of the works it contains and for the information it provides regarding performance practice in Italian convents in the early 17th century.
Its eight partbooks contain 23 motets for diverse forces: 2 motets for 2 voices, 2 for 4, 1 for 5, 2 for 6, 15 for 8, and 1 for 12 voices.
The pieces suit a variety of occasions: 7 deal with Easter themes; 3 are for Christmas; others are dedicated to various saints (St.
Catherine of Alexandria, John the Baptist, John the Apostle, and the monastic order’s patron saint Augustine); one motet is Marian in subject, another is Christological, and yet another is dedicated to father confessors.
Four works are generic motets on biblical texts, loosely based on psalms or, in one case, taken from the Gospel according to St.
Indeed, the figure of John may have held special significance for Cesis for 3 of the motets are connected to him (Hic est beatissimus apostolis Iohannes, Ecce ego Iohannes and the Ascension text Ascendo ad Patrem).


1. Hodie gloriosus 03:00
2. Cantate Domino 03:43
3. Io so ferito sì 03:31
4. Jubilate Deo 03:17
5. Il mio più vago sole 01:57
6. Peccò Signore 03:00
7. Salve gemma confessorum 02:23
8. O Crux splendidior 02:34
9. Cantemus Domino 03:02
10. Angelus ad pastores 02:29
11. Benedictus Dominus 02:15
12. Dulce nomen Jesu Christe 02:42
13. Stabat Mater 06:54
14. Hic est beatissimus 02:14
15. Quest’è la bella [...] 02:27
16. O Domine Jesu Christe 01:54
17. Sub tuum præsidium 02:40
18. Maria Magdalena 02:31
19. Ecce ego Joannes 02:36
20. Puer qui natus est 02:07
21. Magi videntes stellam 01:53
22. Ascendo ad Patrem 02:09
23. Parvulus filius 04:09
  • Composer: Sulpitia Cesis (1577-p.1619)
  • Performers: Cappella Artemisia, with historical instuments – voices: Elena Biscuola, Alessandra Fiori, Frida Forlani, Gloria Moretti, Monica Piccinini, Rebecca Resse, Candace Smith, Silvia Testoni, Patrizia Vaccari, Betty Fantetti; cornetti: Eva Godard, Rebecca Reese;tromboni: Abbie Conant, Dominique Lortie; viola da gamba: Claudia Pasetto; theorbo : Beatrice Pornon; violone: Brigitta Gartner; organ: Miranda Aureli, Maria Luisa Baldassari; conductor: Candace Smith
  • Historical Period: Humanism and Renaissance
  • Code: TC 572801
  • Edition: 2002
  • Barcode: 8007194102406
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 23
  • Total duration: 01:05:30
  • Texts: Mottetti Spirituali, 1619

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