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Jacobus Gallus: O magnum mysterium#

Jacobus Gallus
Fig. a

Fig. b

Fig. c

Fig. d

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

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

Later he also worked in Olmuetz/Moravia (Fig. c) 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)


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