Tuesday 17 May 2022

Dominique Phinot (c. 1510-c. 1556): Ecce tu pulcher es (SATTB)

We want to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia by publishing the motet Ecce tu pulcher es by Dominique Phinot (c. 1510-c. 1556). According to the physician and philosopher Girolamo Cardano in his Theonoston, Phinot was "executed for homosexual practices". 

The five-voice Ecce tu pulcher es takes its text from a part of the Song of Songs, which praises the pulchritude of the lover. What makes this work even more interesting is the fact that Phinot changes the original text from the Bible "sicut lilium inter spinas sic amica inter filias" to "sicut lilium inter spinas sic dilectus meus inter filios", that is, from the female lover to a male lover.

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