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Motets a Deux Voix. avec la Basse-Continue...Tenor - DU MONT, Henry - 1668. 
Titles within ornamental woodcut borders & woodcut vignettes on titles. 3 p.l., 26 leaves; 3 p.l., 34 leaves; 3 p.l., 37 leaves. Three vols. Small 4to, 19th-cent. morocco, signed "Bound by Holloway," sides panelled in gilt, spines gilt, a.e.g. Paris: R. Ballard, "seul Imprimeur du Roy, pour la Musique," 1668. First edition and very rare; WorldCat locates only two copies (BnF and BibliothÃ¨que Sainte-GeneviÃ¨ve). This is the fine and large Henry Huth (bookplate) - W.A. White (?) - John Whipple Frothingham (bookplate) set. Du Mont (1610-84), French composer, organist, and harpsichordist, was the organist at the church of St Paul in the fashionable Marais district from 1643 until his death. From about 1652 to 1660 he served the king's brother, the Duke of Anjou, as organist and harpsichordist and in June 1660 became the harpsichordist to the new queen, Marie-ThÃ©rÃ¨se. In 1663 he was appointed sous-maÃ®tre of the royal Chapel. Du Mont was one of the first to introduce the basso continuo into France and was the first to use figures and to print a separate continuo part. "Five of the 30 motets included in the Motets Ã deux voix are organized as dialogues for specific characters such as sinners and angels or brides and bridegrooms. O fidelis miseremini (no. 30), shows Du Mont's exploitation of the technique of dramatic monody. The affective intervals, repeated text fragments treated sequentially and the discreet chromaticism owe a debt to Carissimi and mark this work along with the dialogues as an important precursor of Charpentier's Histoires sacrÃ©esâ€¦Through his grands motets Du Mont achieved a position in French religious music 'somewhat comparable to that of Haydn in the symphony and string quartets' (Garros)."-Grove, Vol. 5, pp. 712-14. Provenance note: Frothingham (1878-1935), who at the time of his marriage in 1921 lived just up the street at 375 West End Avenue, was the nephew of William Augustus White (1843-1927), the great collector of Elizabethan literature and William Blake. Following his uncle's death, Frothingham inherited a portion of White's library which he removed to France and where it remained until very recently. Understandably not listed in Bartlett's Catalogue of the Early English Books chiefly of the Elizabethan Period collected by William Augustus White (1926). Fine set. ? The Huth Library (1880), Vol. II, p. 438.
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