Leo: Lezione del Venerdì Santo

Lessons for the Friday of Holy Week
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112

The Lessons for Good Friday from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'De lamentatione Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Heth. Misericordiæ Domini', 'Aleph, quomodo obscuratum', and 'Incipit oratio Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Recordare Domine', the first and last for soprano, the central piece for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly plangent harmonies.

Range (soprano): b flat - b flat''(sometimes in one four note phrase)

Range (alto): a - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

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