Two 17th century publications by the Italian/Czech composer Giovanni Battista Aloisi (c.1600-1665) are now available in modern editions.

GIOVANNI BATTISTA ALOISI: CORONA STELLARUM DUODECIM (1637). Motets for Two, Three, or Four Voices and Basso Continuo. Edited by Janet E. Hunt. 79 pages. $35.00.

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The “Crown of Twelve Stars” collection contains fourteen motets celebrating the Virgin Mary: three settings each of the four seasonal Marian antiphons, plus one setting of Sub tuum praesidium. A splendid treatment of the Litany of Loreto text for four-voice choir and two soloists rounds out the edition.

GIOVANNI BATTISTA ALOISI: COELESTIS PARNASSUS (1628). Motets for Two, Three, or Four Voices with Basso Continuo. Edited by Janet E. Hunt. 127 pages. $40.00.

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Aloisi’s opus 1 print of 1628 contains twenty-four motets suitable for a number of liturgical celebrations throughout the year. Featuring different combinations of voices, a few of the motets also include parts for two violins.

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