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Jaime Ferrer
1762 - 1824
Spain
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Padre Jaime Ferrer (10/08/1762 - 21/08/1824), a Spanish composer, born in is Cervera Del Maestre. Very little is known about the youth of Jaime Ferrer. He was born in 1762 in Cervera del Maestre, province of Castellion. He is a Spanish composer. In 1779 he joined by intercession of maestro di capilla Antonio Soler (1729-1783) de Monasterio San Lorenzo el Real de El Escorial where he was a pupil of the mentioned Soler. After Soler’s death, Jaime Ferrer succeeded his teacher as maestro di capilla at the Monasterio where he served in this post for 36 years. Ferrer was a prolific composer. Most of his compositions are preserved in the Biblioteca de Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial de Madrid. Ferrer was responsible for copying a lot of works from his teacher Soler, which only do survive in copies by Ferrer. He passed away in 1824 in the mentioned Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo.
Author:Wim Goossens
Lessons for the dead
Period:Classicism
Musical form:motets
Padre Fray Jaime Ferrer composed music on the six Lessons out of the Officium Defunctorum ad matutinum. The lessons in the Office of the Dead Matins/Officium defunctorum ad Matutinum consists out of nine short lessons. We found these six lessons set by Ferrer in the biblioteca de Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial Madrid and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica por Samuel Rubio, so far.
But these six lessons are not published as a cycle as erroneously stated in this website because they are published by Ferrer in different years. Certainly to the contrary we will here refer to the two real cycle-settings by Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594) Lectiones sacrae (1582) and Sacrae Lectiones (1560) which were discussed before on this website. The nine Lectiones/lessons are in general full part of the Office for the Dead from the eleventh Century until the Second Vatican Council in 1965. In 1965 substantial revisions and alterations of the total Office in the Catholic Church have been made. This Office of the Dead more specific these Lectiones would be read Ad Matutinum, in the morning prior to a Requiem Mass and the Burial-service and is published in the old liber Usualis (edition 1936 pages 1779-1799). All nine Lessons in the Service were normally followed by a Responsorium/Respond. See too our comments on the six lessons set by Pedro de Tafalla (1605-1660) and by Matias Cardona (1698-1755). Samuel Rubio (O.S.A.) (1912-1986) is the famous author of the Catálogo del Archivo de Música del Monasterio de San Lorenzo el Real Escorial.
Author:Wim Goossens
Spiritus meus attenuabitur
Period:Classicism
Musical form:Motet à 4 vocibus con bc
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium Defunctorum
This “Spiritus meus attenuabitur” is the Lesson I, Lectioprimo in tertio nocturno used in the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum (in fact in total Lectio VII, lectio septima) and is still used and published in the Office of the Dead at Matins, in the old Liber Usualis (edition 1936) page 1797. This Lesson I in tertio nocturno/in third nocturne is set by Jaime Ferrer for four voices in polychoral SATB with contrabass, bajo continuo/ basso continuo partially figured and is set in E-Hypo Dorian. The complete score is (all 6 parts are) published between 1780 and 1885 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38149 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 146, no. 103 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II page 96, no. 103.
Author:Wim Goossens
Quare de vulva eduxisti me
Period:Classicism
Musical form:Motet à 4 vocibus con bc
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium Defunctorum
This “Quare de vulva eduxisti me ” is the Lesson III, Lectio tertio in tertio nocturno used in the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum (in fact in total Lectio IX, lectio nona) and is still used and published in the Office of the Dead at Matins, in the old Liber Usualis (edition 1936) page 1798. This Lesson III in tertio nocturno/in third nocturne is set by Jaime Ferrer for four voices SATB with Contrabass and bajo continuo, basso continuo partially figured and is set in Hypo-Phrygian.
The complete score is (all 6 parts are) published between in 1780 and 1885 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38150 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 146, no. 103.
Author:Wim Goossens
Parce mihi Domine
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1788
Musical form:Motet à 8 vocibus con bc
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium Defunctorum
This “Parce mihi Domine” is the first Lesson, Lectio primo in primo nocturno used in the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum and still used and published in the Office of the Dead at Matins, in the old Liber Usualis (edition 1936) page 1785. This Lesson I, in primo nocturno/in first Nocturne is set by Jaime Ferrer which is normally used at the Office of the Dead ad Matins in the Spanish Liturgy.
This motet is set by Jaime Ferrer for double choir consisting out of coro I SSAT and coro II SATB with partially figured basso continuo. This motet is set in E-Major. One part of this motet “Parce mihi Domine” is published in 1788 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 37769 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 101, Volume 26 no. 8 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II on page 63, no. 26-8a.
The complete score is (all 12 parts are) published between 1780- 1824 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38965 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 290, no. 776 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II on page 150, no. 776.
Author:Wim Goossens
Manus tuae Domine fecerunt me
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1788
Musical form:Motet à 8 vocibus con bc
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium Defunctorum
This “Manus tuae Domine fecerunt me” is Lesson III, Lectio tertio in primo nocturno used in the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum and still used and published in the Office of the Dead at Matins, in the old Liber Usualis (edition 1936) page 1787. This Lesson III in primo nocturno/in first nocturne is set by Jaime Ferrer in polychoral style Coro I SSAT and Coro II SATB with contrabasso with figured Basso continuo and is set in b-minor. One part of this motet “Manus tuae Domine fecerunt me” is published in 1788 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 37770 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 101, Volume 26 no. 8 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II on page 63, no. 26-8b.
The complete score is (all 12 parts are) published between 1780 and 1824 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38966 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 290, no. 776.
Author:Wim Goossens
Responde mihi
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1788
Musical form:Motet à 8 vocibus con bc
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium Defunctorum
This “Responde mihi” is the Lesson I, Lectio primo , in secundo nocturno used in the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum (in fact in total Lectio IV/ Lectio Quarta) and is still used and published in the Office of the Dead at Matins, in the old Liber Usualis (edition 1936) page 1791. This Lesson I in secundo nocturno/in second nocturne is set by Jaime Ferrer in polychoral style Coro I SSAT and Coro II SATB with contrabasso coro 1 and 2/ partially figured basso continuo coro 1 and is set in D-Major.
One part of this motet “Responde mihi” is published in 1788 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 37771 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 101, Volume 26 no. 8 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II on page 63, no. 26-8c.
The complete score is (all 12 parts are) published in 1798 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no. 38967 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 291, no. 777, and in the Catalogoi del Archivo de Musica II page 150, no. 777.
Author:Wim Goossens
Quis mihi hoc tribuat
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1788
Musical form:Motet à 8 vocibus con bc
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium Defunctorum
This “Quis mihi hoc tribuat” is the Lesson III, Lectio tertio in secundo nocturno used in the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum (in fact in total Lectio VI/Lectio sexta) and is still used and published in the Office of the Dead at Matins, in the old Liber Usualis (edition 1936) page 1792. This Lesson III in secundo nocturno/in second nocturne is set by Jaime Ferrer in polychoral style Coro I SSAT and Coro II SATB with contrabass 2nd choir, contrabass first choir and bajo continuo con parte cifrado coro 1, basso continuo partially figured) and is set in f-minor. Coro II has no Basso continuo. One part of this motet is published in 1788 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 37771 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 101, Volume 26 no. 8 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II on page 63, no. 26-8d.
The complete score is (all 12 parts are) published in 1798 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38968 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 291, no. 777.
Author:Wim Goossens
Spiritus meus attenuabitur
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1788
Musical form:Motet à 8 vocibus con bc
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium Defunctorum
This “Spiritus meus attenuabitur” is the Lesson I, Lectioprimo in tertio nocturno used in the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum (in fact in total Lectio VII, lectio septima) and is still used and published in the Office of the Dead at Matins, in the old Liber Usualis (edition 1936) page 1797. This Lesson I in tertio nocturno/in third nocturne is set by Jaime Ferrer in polychoral style Coro I SSAT and Coro II SATB with contrabass, bajo continuo/ basso continuo partially figured coro 1 and is set in D-hypo Dorian. Coro II has no Basso continuo.
One part of this motet “Spiritus meus attenuabitur” is published in 1788 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 37773 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 101, Volume 26 no. 8 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II on page 63, no. 26-8e.
The complete score is (all 11 parts are) published in 1798 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38969 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 291, no. 778 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II page 150 no 778.
Author:Wim Goossens
Quare de vulva eduxisti me
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1788
Musical form:Motet à 8 vocibus con bc
Text/libretto:Latin from the Officium Defunctorum
This “Quare de vulva eduxisti me ” is the Lesson III, Lectio tertio in tertio nocturno used in the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum (in fact in total Lectio IX, lectio nona) and is still used and published in the Office of the Dead at Matins, in the old Liber Usualis (edition 1936) page 1798. This Lesson III in tertio nocturno/in third nocturne is set by Jaime Ferrer in polychoral style Coro I SSAT and Coro II SATB with Contrabass coro I and bajo continuo, basso continuo partially figured coro I and is set in G-hypo Dorian. Coro II has no Basso continuo.
One part of this motet “Quare de vulva eduxisti me” is published in 1788 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 37774 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 101, Volume 26 no. 8 and in the Catalogo del Archivo de Musica II on page 63, no. 26-8f.
The complete score is (all 11 parts are) published between in 1798 by Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38970 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 291, no. 778.
Author:Wim Goossens
Misa de Requiem a 8
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1798
Musical form:Missa pro defunctis à 8 vocibus inaequalium
Text/libretto:Latin from the Missa pro Defunctis
As far we know and examined in the sources this Missa de Requiem consists out of the following traditional movements:
- Introito: Requiem
- Gradual: Requiem aeternam, in memoria
- Secuencia: Dies Irae
- Offertorio: Domine Jesus
- Sanctus: Sanctus y Benedictus
- Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
- Communio: Lux aeterna
This Misa de Requiem a 8 is set by Jaime Ferrer for double choir in coro spezzato style for SSAT (TpTpAT) coro I and SATB (TpATB) coro II with figured basso continuo.
From the gradual "Requiem aeternam" only the verse "In memoria aeterna" has been set to music.
For the “Dies Irae” only the first five verses are set in polyphonic style. That means in the performance of the Sequentia you could alternate with the verses in coro and some soloists could sing the other plainchant verses. The verse “Hostias” of the Offertorio has not been set polyphonically, also you can perform the belonging plainchant version.
The score of this Misa de Requiem a 8 consists out of the following parts:
1st chorus treble (6 f.), 1st chorus 2nd treble (6 f.), 1st chorus alto (6 f.), 1st chorus tenor (6 f.), 2nd chorus treble (4 f.), alto 2nd chorus (4 f.), tenor 2nd chorus (4 f.), bass 2nd chorus (4 f.), contrabaxo (4 f.), figured basso continuo (4 f.).
This Misa de Requiem a 8 can be found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38980 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 292, no. 785 and in the Catalogo del Archivo II del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 151, no. 785.
Author:Wim Goossens
Misa de Requiem breve a 8
Period:Classicism
Composed in:1801
Musical form:Missa à 8 vocibus inaequalium
Text/libretto:Latin from the Missa pro Defunctis
As far we know and examined in the sources this Missa de Requiem consists out of the following traditional movements:

-Introito Requiem aeternam
-Kyrie Kyrie, Christe, Kyrie
-Gradual Requiem aeternam
-Secuencia Dies Irae
-Offertorio Domine Jesus Christe
-Sanctus Sanctus y Benedictus
-Agnus Dei Agnus Dei
-Communio Lux aeterna

This Misa de Requiem a 8 is set by Jaime Ferrer for double choir in coro spezzato style for SSAT (TpTpAT) coro I and SATB (TpATB) coro II with basso continuo. From the gradual "Requiem aeternam" only the verse "In memoria aeterna" has been set to music. The Introitus, Kyrie and “in memoria” are set in the Hypolodian mode and G. Major.
For the “Dies Irae” only the first four verses are set in polyphonic style. That means in the performance of the Sequentia you could alternate with the verses in coro and some soloists could sing the other plainchant verses. The Dies Irae is set in e-minor.
The verse “Hostias” of the Offertorio has not been set polyphonically, also you can perform the belonging plainchant version. The offertorium is set in c-minor. The Sanctus & Benedictus is set in e-minor. The Agnus in the hypo Phrygian mode. The closing “Lux Aeterna” is set in G-major. The score of this Misa de Requiem breve a 8 consists out of the following parts:
1st chorus treble (4 f.), 1st chorus 2nd treble (4 f.), 1st chorus alto (4 f.), 1st chorus tenor (4 f.), 2nd chorus treble (4 f.), alto 2nd chorus (4 f.), tenor 2nd chorus (4 f.), bass 2nd chorus (4 f.), contrabass 2nd chorus(4 f.), contrabass 1st chorus (4 f.) basso continuo 1st chorus (4 f.). This Misa de Requiem breve a 8 can be found in the Archivo Musical del El Escorial Madrid no 38981 in the Catalogo del Archivo del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 293, no. 786 and in the Catalogo del Archivo II del Monasterio de San Lorenzo El Real de El Escorial page 151, no. 786.
Author:Wim Goossens
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Epilogue
We studied the catalogo del Archivo de Musica del monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial por Samuel Rubio, MCMLXXVI. Rubio concluded on page 101 en 291 Jaime Ferrer wrote six Lecciones de los tres nocturnos de difuntos, a 8! Rubio which we discussed here above catalogued the following lessons out of the three Nocturns of the Dead: 1. Parce mihi, Domine ; 2. Manus tuae 3. Responde mihi 4. Quis mihi 5. Spiritus meus and 6. Quare de vulva. Jaime Ferrer (1762-1824), Pedro Tafalla (1605-1660), Matias Cardona ( 1798-1755) already mentioned who worked in the same Real Monastery San Lorenzo de Madrid have set the same six Lessons to music. Later we will see Antonio Soler ( 1729-1783) composed music on the same six Lessons, lecciones de difuntos . Moreover Soler was very prolific and he wrote about six bundles (lecciones or Officios called by Soller) containing the six mentioned lessons. It seems to us that in this Monasterio only six of nine lessons out of the Officium Defunctorum ad Matutinum are used in the Requiem services.
Author:Wim Goossens