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Jacobus Gallus: O magnum mysterium#

Jacobus Gallus
Jacobus Gallus (1550 Krain - 1591 Prag

Engraving of Melk



Almost nothing is known about the younger years and musical training of Jacobus Gallus (1550 Krain(Slovenia) - 1591 Prague/Bohemia.

After leaving his homeland, Gallus went to Melk Abbey/Lower Austria, and then became a member of the court chapel in Vienna.

Later he also worked in Olmuetz/Moravia und Prague (Fig. d). He began to compose works for his six-part Opus musicum, a cycle of motets that would eventually cover the liturgical needs of the entire ecclesiastical year in 1577. The motet O magnum mysterium comes from the first volume (printed in 1586) which covers the period from the first sunday of Advent to the Septuagesima. This motet for 8 voices gives evidence of Venetian influence in its use of the coro spezzato technique (= polychorality). (E. Stadler)

Sound Clip#

Jacobus Gallus: O magnum mysterium
© Ars Produktion Schumacher, Ratingen (D), CD-Nr. FCD 368 341.