Monteverdi’s ‘Nisi Dominus’: Arrows in the Hand of a Warrior

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was probably the most important composer in the transition from Renaissance Polyphony to Baroque.  This beautiful piece from his Vespers composition, Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610), is a musical setting for Psalm 127 (sometimes listed as Psalm 126).   This particular psalm (printed in full below the music video) has always resonated with me. […]