Leo: Lezione del Mercordi Santo

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

Source: BL Add MS 14112

The Lessons for the Wednesday of Holy Week from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'Incipit lamentatio Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola civitas', 'Vau. Et egressus est a Filia Sion', and 'Manum suam misit hostis (missing the Ioth. at the start of the verse)', the first and last for soprano, the central section 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. This first of the three Lezione uses much variation between violoncelli and bassi.

Range (soprano): b flat - b flat''

Range (alto): G - e flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

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