The works by Victoria and Palestrina comprise music for Holy Week, some of the texts containing dramatic accounts of the events leading up to the Crucifixion. Particularly striking is the way in which Victoria brings Amicus meus (#10) to an abrupt close with the words ‘se suspendit’, relating how Judas hanged himself. In a resonant acoustic, the last two notes, a semitone apart, are left hanging in the air as a dissonance after the work ends – an effect that must surely have been intended by the composer.
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