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Detail for Palestrina: Cœnantibus illis
Title: Coenantibus illis  
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Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-94)
Scoring: SATTB
Liturgical Use: Holy Thursday; Communion
Language: Latin
Catalog #: NDC043
Duration: ca. 5 minutes
Price: $3.95
Remarks: A rapt setting of Christ’s words at the Last Supper: "While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body." This motet is one of Palestrina’s most exquisitely wrought creations exuding that mystical fervor befitting this defining moment in Christian theology.   View Sample Score
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