Miserere

   A setting of Psalm 51 by Gregorio Allegri (1582–1652), it was for centuries the most celebrated piece in the repertory of the papal choir in Rome. Allegri composed it in 1638, and thereafter its transmission was forbidden, but Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart supposedly wrote it out in 1770 after two hearings, and the historian Charles Burney (1726–1814) was given a copy in Milan the same year. Modern editions derive from 19th-century sources.
   Burney opined that it is the performance of the work in the near total darkness of Tenebrae services rather than the music itself that impressed, and indeed the work is merely an alternatim setting in falsobordone, whereby a verse chanted in loud monotone is answered by another verse sung by one choir in four voices or another choir in five. The final verse is sung by the combined choirs in nine voices. The simplicity is enlivened by largely oral traditions of embellishment. The work requires nearly 15 minutes to perform.
   See also A cappella; Cori Spezzati.

Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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  • miserere — [ mizerere ] n. m. inv. VAR. miséréré • XVIe; colique de miserere (vx) « occlusion intestinale » 1546; lat. miserere « aie pitié », déb. d un psaume ♦ Liturg. cathol. Le psaume « Miserere mei, Deus ». Des miserere, des misérérés. ♢ Mus. Air sur… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • miséréré — miserere [ mizerere ] n. m. inv. VAR. miséréré • XVIe; colique de miserere (vx) « occlusion intestinale » 1546; lat. miserere « aie pitié », déb. d un psaume ♦ Liturg. cathol. Le psaume « Miserere mei, Deus ». Des miserere, des misérérés. ♢ Mus …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Miserere — • The first word of the Vulgate text of Psalm 1 Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Miserere     Miserere     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Miserere — (Latin: Have mercy) may refer to: Psalm 51, and its musical settings: Miserere (Allegri) Miserere (Josquin) Miserere (Górecki) Miserere (album) by Zucchero Plaza Miserere, a plaza in Buenos Aires Miserere, a song from the album Two Shoes by The… …   Wikipedia

  • Miserere — (лат. Помилуй) может означать: Псалом 50 и его музыкальные переложения: Miserere (Аллегри) Miserere (Жоскен) Miserere (Гурецкий) Miserere (альбом) альбом Дзуккеро Plaza Miserere plaza в Буэнос Айресе …   Википедия

  • misereré — Misereré. s. m. Sorte de colique tres violente & tres dangereuse dont l effet est de noüer un boyau en sorte que les excrements ne puissent paster par la voye ordinaire. Avoir le misereré. Miserere, Se prend aussi pour l espace du temps qu il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Miserere — (n.) 51st Psalm (one of the Penitential Psalms), 13c., from Miserere mei Deus Have mercy upon me, O God, opening line, from L. miserere feel pity, have compassion, commiserate, imperative of misereri to have mercy, from miser (see MISER (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Miserere — Mis e*re re, n. [L., have mercy, fr. misereri to have mercy, fr. miser. See {Miser}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (R. C. Ch.) The psalm usually appointed for penitential acts, being the 50th psalm in the Latin version. It commences with the word miserere.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miserere — s. m. 1. Designação do 50.º salmo de David que começa por esta palavra. 2. Cântico composto sobre as palavras deste salmo. 3.  [Por extensão] O tempo de dizer um miserere. 4. cólica de miserere: volvo.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra latina …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • miserere — sustantivo masculino 1. Área: religión Salmo bíblico del rey David que comienza con esta palabra, que significa apiádate . 2. Canto solemne compuesto sobre dicho salmo y ceremonia en que se canta: El miserere se canta en Semana Santa o en misas… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • miserere — (Del lat. miserēre, apiádate, imper. de miserēri). 1. m. Salmo 50, que, en la traducción de la Vulgata, empieza con esta palabra. 2. Canto solemne que se hace de este salmo en las tinieblas de la Semana Santa. 3. Fiesta o función que se hace en… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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