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Deus Tuorum Militum

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (11/18/22)
Composer: Fasolo, Giovanni Battista
Sample Producer: Voxus Virtual Organs
Sample Set: Müller Grote of Sint Bavo extended
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Medieval and Renaissance
Giovanni Battista Fasolo, O.F.M. (Asti, ca. 1598 – Palermo after 1664), was a Franciscan friar, organist and composer.

In his middle years Fasolo was primarily known for his 1645 organ annual, which, like "L'organo suonarino" of Adriano Banchieri, from the generation before him, was intended for use in small parish churches, and are much simpler than those used in Venice. In 1659 Fasolo became maestro di cappella to the Archbishop of Monreale.

Until recently many of G.B. Fasolo's secular works were attributed to other composers, particularly the Venetian Francesco Manelli, the composer of the first commercial operas in music history, or to a third unknown composer known as "Il Fasolo?".

However following the work of Francesco Luisi, Mariangela Donà, and Claudio Bacciagaluppi the attribution of the major works under the heading "Il Fasolo?" to G.B. Fasolo is now reasonably secure, and listed under his own entry in the current New Grove.

"Deus tuorum militum" is an Ambrosian hymn historically assigned for Matins and Vespers for the common feast of a martyr in the Roman breviary.

I guess you could translate it as "Soldiers of God."

I did not strive for an "historical performance," as the registration used, while "austere," is probably far more elaborate than would be historical.

The score is attached below, as well as a painting of Giovanni Battista Fasolo.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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