Jesu Dulcis Memoria – Learning TracksView Craig McLeish's Full Store
This is basically a hymn – The English translation is “Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee”. Most of what we know of Beethoven’s choral work are large scale orchestral blockbusters, (The 9th Symphony, The Mass in C and Missa Solemnis) so it’s really nice to find something on a much smaller scale, which still has the hallmark of a great composer. The chromatics, specially in the alto part give that hint that L Van B was looking ahead to the Romantic era rather than behind.
You will hear on the track we have tried our best with what we have understood as German Latin pronounciation. The consonants are harder and the Qu’s are fun because they sound like “Qv”. You don’t have to sing it like that, but it’s closer to what the composer would have heard in his lifetime.
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