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Guillaume Gabriel Nivers
1632 - 1714
France
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G.G. Nivers
Guillaume Gabriel Nivers (1632 - 30/11/1714), a French organist and composer, from Paris.
Author:Theo Willemze
Source:Componistenlexicon
Officium defunctorum
Period:Baroque
Composed in:1685c
Musical form:motet
Text/libretto:Latin, from the Officium Defunctorum, Responsorium
Duration:30'13''
Label(s):CD Accord ACD 017
Much of what Nivers wrote was for the organ, but he also composed sacred vocal music and edited Gregorian chant, which he loved. Following [a motet] is the invitatory from Psalm 94 and then nine funeral responses. Studio 600, a Polish ensemble specializing in medieval music for women's voices, does a beautiful job with this performance. [This] is a fascinating recording (CD Accord ACD 017) and a nice addition to the historical record of the music of the Catholic Church.
This Officium Defunctorum contains the Invitatorium and the following nine Responsoria:
- Invitatorum: Regem cui omnia vicunt.
- Credo quod redemptor meus vivit.
- Qui Lazarum resuscitasti.
- Domine quando veneris.
- Memento mei Deus.
- Hei mihi Domine.
- Ne redorderis
- Peccantem me quotidie
- Domine, secundum actum meum.
- Libere me Domine de viis inferni.

These nine pieces of music all mentioned here above are the so called Responsorium out of the Officium Defunctorum ad Matitunum the Office of the Dead in the Liber Usualis. The office of the Dead in the Morning starts with the invitation Regem cui omnia vicunt. A Responsorium has been sung after each of the nine Lessons which are red in the morning before the Requiem Mass and the Burial. The Responsoria are published in the old Liber Usualis Missae et Officii pages 1785-1799. A very impressive performance of this important French Baroque Plainchant which is based on the principles of classical plainchant the so-called Gallican chant.
Author:Wim Goossens