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    Volume II of the complete works of Chiara Magdalena Cozzolani contains all the works in her 1642 publication Concerti Sacri. The double CD set includes texts and English translations, liner notes by Robert Kendrick and album artwork by Nika Korniyenko.

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Catherine Webster & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Meg Bragle & Deborah Rentz-Moore, alto
David Tayler, theorbo
Hanneke van Proosdij, organ

Psallite, superi is a text for the Assumption (August 15); its refrain frames a series of questions whose answers are taken from a standard Song of Songs verse used on the liturgy of that day in Cozzolani's Benedictine breviary. The form of this dialogue also derives from the cantilena motets pioneered in Alessandro Grandi's book of 1619. The scoring (two sopranos, two altos) points directly to the all-women choir of S. Radegonda's nuns, the ensemble which presumably premiered most of Cozzolani's music.

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Text & English Translation

Psallite, superi; plaudite, cœlites; canite, angeli; iubilate.

Quæ est ista, quæ ascendit quasi aurora consurgens?

Maria est, quæ noctem peccati depulit, gratiæ diem protulit, iustitiæ solem peperit.

Psallite, superi; plaudite, cœlites; canite, angeli; iubilate.

Quæ est ista, quæ ascendit pulchra ut luna?

Maria est, humore fecunda cœlitium gratiarum, ut soli Deo placeat; Spiritu Sancto superimpleta, ut terra gratias influat, ut miseris mortalibus depluat.

Psallite, superi; plaudite, cœlites; canite, angeli; iubilate.

Quæ est ista, electa ut sol?

Maria est, sola peccati nescia, ignara noctis tartari, virtutem luce fulgida, vitæ cœlestis radiis coronata.

Psallite, superi; plaudite, cœlites; canite, angeli; iubilate.

Quæ est ista, terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata?

Maria est, singularis inimica diaboli; Maria virguncula, tenellula, placidula, metuenda; diabolo invisa, terribilis, formidabilis; expugnatrix, triumphatrix Maria diaboli.

Quæ est ista?

Maria est.

Psallite, superi; plaudite, cœlites; canite, angeli; iubilate.


Sing, you above; rejoice, you heavenly ones; sing you angels, rejoice.

Who is this woman, who ascends like the rising dawn?

It is Mary, who took away the night of sin and gave the day of grace; she has given birth to the sun of justice.

Sing, you above; rejoice, you heavenly ones; sing you angels, rejoice.

Who is this woman who ascends, fair like the moon?

It is Mary, filled with the dew of heavenly grace, that she alone might please God; brimming over with the Holy Spirit, that she might bring grace to the earth, that she might succour miserable mortals.

Sing, you above; rejoice, you heavenly ones; sing you angels, rejoice.

Who is this woman, chosen like the sun?

It is Mary, alone free from sin, ignorant of Hell’s night, full of the light of virtue, crowned with the rays of heavenly life.

Sing, you above; rejoice, you heavenly ones; sing you angels, rejoice.

Who is this woman, frightful like a deployed battle-line of military encampments?

It is Mary, the matchless enemy of the devil, Mary the young girl, the tender and pleasing one, the venerable one; hated by the devil, frightful, imposing; the expiator, the conqueror, Mary, the one who triumphed over the devil.

Who is this woman?

It is Mary.

Sing, you above; rejoice, you heavenly ones; sing you angels, rejoice.

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from Cozzolani Concerti Sacri (1642), released June 30, 2013
Peter Watchorn, producer
Joel Gordon, engineer

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