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GIOVANNI GABRIELI, Plaudite (1597) - 2:48 

Giovanni Gabrieli’s spectacular polychoral motet Plaudite was intended for a joyful ceremony at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Its Latin text calls for praise of God. The motet is written for a large vocal and instrumental ensemble of twelve voice parts divided into three choirs, or performing groups, that contrast in register. It has one low choir, one choir in a middle register, and one high choir.

Listen for the different tone colors of the 3 different choirs.

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