INGERS LOVE CANONS. And this canon by the great Nanino (d. 1607) is a masterpiece. I love how one voice is entirely “boring” notes—all half notes, a lot of stepwise motion, and so forth. But Nanino makes up for that in the other voices, which leap all over the place, use tons of different rhythmic values, and have a “thumpy” or “hammer” sound which contrasts with the top voice. It would seem Nanino was not a priest, but was very likely in minor orders (similar to Abbé Franz Liszt). In 1670, Pope Clement X ordered that all papal singers had to be tonsured within two years of their entrance into the choir or lose their pay.
Please don’t forget to check out the rehearsal videos for each individual voice:
* PDF Download • AGNUS DEI (3 Voices)
—The bottom two voices are a perfect canon!
Rehearsal videos for each individual voice await you at #64932.