Monteverdi: Beatus vir primo, SV 268

Rogier van der Weyden, Portrait of a Lady, 1460. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Image Source: Google Art Project

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi , Artists: Le Nuovo Musiche & Krijn Koetsveld (leader, harpsichord & organ)

Psalm 112 in Music

Psalm 112 has been included in various places in Western Christian liturgy, especially in the context of vespers, and has been popular for musical settings, which are generally known by their opening words, Beatus vir. A database of psalm settings by Italian composers of the 17th and 18th centuries lists 81 settings of Psalm 112.[12]

Today probably the best known is Claudio Monteverdi‘s setting of 1640, SV 268, from his Selva morale e spirituale, also known as the Vespers of 1640. This piece is still often performed by itself, and has been described as “one of the most attractive and inspired settings of the Selva morale and one of the few sacred works of Monteverdi’s later years that has become widely known.”[13]


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8 Comments Add yours

  1. This is so beautiful. Thank you for posting.

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    1. My pleasure, Madeline! Thanks for visiting. 🙂


  2. Sgk says:

    The epitome of grace and serenity.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sgk. 🙂


  3. shoreacres says:

    Your musical selections always are wonderful, but I’m sharing your site with an artist friend in Michigan. She does quite a bit of drawing and watercolor work, and I know she’ll enjoy seeing your entries.

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    1. Aww…thank you, shoreacres! You have made my day. 😎

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  4. Linda did — and I do!

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