Almost nothing is known of the life of the Ditch
Renaissance composer C. Titsek. Neither his first name,
nor his birth or death is known.
Rorate caeli (or Rorate coeli), from the Book of Isaiah
(Isaiah 45:8) in the Vulgate, are the opening words of
a text used in Catholic and Protestant liturgy during
Advent. It is also known as The Advent Prose or by the
first words of its English translation, "Drop down ye
heavens from above." It is frequently sung as a
plainsong at Mass and in the Divine Office during
Advent where it gives expression to the longings of
Patriarchs and Prophets, and symbolically of the
Church, for the coming of the Messiah. Throughout
Advent it occurs daily as the versicle and response
after the hymn at Vespers.
Although originally written for five (5) Voices
(SSATB), I created this Interpretation of the "Rorate
caeli" (Drop down ye heavens from above) for Winds
(Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet & Bassoon) & Strings (2
Violins, Viola & Cello).