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24 part Canon, Renaissance choral

Seeking the composer of the Italian composer of the 24 Part Canon. This was performed at a Rennaissance Symposium
culmination Concert at St Marks in Venice - late 1970s early 1980s.
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on October 23, 2009 9:26am
Alessandro Striggio wrote some large choral works (40 and 60 voice), but I don't see a 24 voice canon.  Johannes Ockeghem wrote a 36 voice canon "Deo Gratias" which is just lovely - may that is the one you are thinking of.
 
Jeff DeMarco
 
on October 23, 2009 8:45pm
Josquin des Prez (Flemish, not Italian) wrote a 24-part canon, 'Qui habitat'.
on October 24, 2009 10:56am
I didn't know that, Dawn.  Thanks for the information.  Is it in the Collected Works?
 
But technically he was Franco-Flemish, one of several generations of musicians trained in what was then the northern part of the Duchy of Burgundy, along with all the other big names from DuFay to Willaert and de Rore.   I've never figured out exactly where "Prez" was.   And he certainly did work at some of the Italian courts, notably at Ferrara, although perhaps not in Rome itself.  There are still gaping holes in his biography and those make dating his works an exercise in frustration, except for the ones that were clearly written at the French Court, of course.
 
But I think I know about the piece in question, and it was not by Josquin, but by an Italian.  Striggio may be correct.
 
All the best,
 
John
on October 26, 2009 3:00am
There's a 24-part Dixit Dominus (six 4-part choirs) by Orazio Benevoli (sometimes Benevolo), but I wouldn't call it a 'canon'. I sang it earlier this year in an edition privately prepared by a member of the chamber choir I sing with.
 
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Steve
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