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Thou Hast Ravished My Heart

Vulnerasti Cor Meum

[ 6 musicians: 3 voices + continuo ]

Z. Zanetti «Sacræ et Divinæ Cantiones», Venice 1619.
© Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna

the Song of Songs: Sensual Spirituality

Attributed to King Solomon but in all probability composed by an anonymous poet around the 4th century BC, the «Song of Songs» represents a remarkable peculiarity within the biblical corpus: it does not deal with Law, Knowledge or the relationship with the Divinity , but it is a sensual and passionate dialogue between two lovers. Many words were spent about the interpretation of this text pervaded by undeniably erotic metaphors and similes: for the Jews it is the allegory of the relationship between God and Israel, for the Christians it represents the love of Jesus for the Church, his bride. But in the scope of sacred music this very singular text takes on a further meaning: the bride becomes the Holy Mother, who perfectly fits all those attributes that were previously intended for the beloved (pulchra, speciosa, columba, friend, sponsa). This is a very ancient custom: in the Liturgy of the Hours (inspired by the Rule of St. Benedict, dated 540) the antiphons for the Vespers dedicated to the Blessed Virgin are in fact taken from the text of the Song of Songs. Music by Claudio Monteverdi, Alessandro Grandi, Giovanni Rovetta, Giovanni Antonio Rigatti, Ignazio Donati, Giovanni Valentini, Giovanni Battista Riccio, Adriano Banchieri, Orazio Tarditi. This program has been recorded in June 2021: it is the second project of «I Disinvolti» and will be available on CD in 2022.

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