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Bar Words What happens Comments
1-7 O Wilhelme pastor bone Begins and ends in F major (tonic). Treble and Mean (T and M) answered antiphonally by the lower parts.
7-13 Cleri pater et patrone Progresses from F major to a minor (tonic to mediant). Note the rhythmic interest in bars 7-8. T and M answered by all parts.
13-16 Mundi nobis in agone This phrase is sung only once. Homophony.
16-25 Confer opem et depone Vitae sordes Remains in F major. Antiphony, with fewer independent parts within the opposing choirs.
23-29 Confer opem et depone Vitae sordes Cadence in the supertonic minor, g minor. Stretto to ‘et depone’ (bar 26-7)
29-32 …et coronae Coelestis da gloriam End of the first part of the prayer, in the supertonic major, G major. Apart from the musical conclusion, we know this is the end of the first part because of the full stop in the text. Initially the treble part opposes remaining parts’ homophony, then the parts join together for a hemiola and cadence at 31-2.
33 Fundatorem specialem serva, Thomam Cardinalem The seventh degree of the scale is usually flattened if it does not approach or follow the leading note. Compare bars 35, 36, 40 and 41 with the recording. Homophonic antiphony.
43-52 Et ecclesiam piorum Tueare, custos horum Stays in G major, but does not sharpen the leading note, because of modal nature. Homophony: all parts singing more or less together (see left).
52-end Et utrisque concedaturAeterne vitae praemium. Part two closes in the tonic, F major. Imitation: the repetition of musical material contrasts with the antiphonal writing we saw earlier in the piece, as it happens on a part- by-part basis. The procedure that begins at bar 56 is known as a ‘point’.

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