Michael Praetorius was an organist and prolific composer of a large amount of Lutheran choral music and hundreds of instrumental dances. As a theorist, his unfinished treatise Syntagma Musicum also contains 42 beautifully drawn woodcuts of instruments in use at the turn of the century. This treatise is a valued source for much of our historical knowledge of the instruments used at the end of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods.
Resonet in Laudibus (Let praises resound with joyous acclaim) is from the fifth of nine volumes of his monumental collection Musae Sioniae (Muses of Zion), containing 1244 settings of chorales and hymns for 2-12 parts including simple settings to Venetian style multi choir works. Resonet, a catchy and popular tune from the 15th c., was also used for many settings of the German macaronic text (mixture of German and Latin) Joseph lieber, Joseph mein (Joseph, my dear Joseph).
Difficulty: Top part easy, inner parts fairly easy, bass part moderately challenging with many low F’s. If playing bass, feel free to take some/many of the F’s up the octave.
What to play: S A T T B (add voices when possible)
Think of the piece in one with dotted half the pulse at mm. 55
Recording has a 4 bar intro.
Score and parts include translations of the first three verses.
-- Lawrence Zukof
Play-along files recorded by Lawrence Zukof, supported by a grant from the Recorder Artist Relief Fund.