Alma Redemptoris Mater a 8 (Collegio Romano ms.) (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2019-04-22)  CPDL #54037: 
Original key (F) - high chiavette:      
Transposed down a tone (E flat):    
Transposed down a minor third (D):    
Transposed down a fourth (C):     - Alto in tenor clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2019-04-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 65 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Palestrina Werke, Band 7. Original note values. In measure 28 in the Bassus the first dotted minim in the source is D, which we have corrected to C.
  • (Posted 2015-02-26)  CPDL #34680:  Network.png
Editor: Casey Rule (submitted 2015-02-26).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: A tone lower, in E flat Major
  • (Posted 2015-01-20)  CPDL #34371:         
Editor: Francesco Spiga (submitted 2015-01-20).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 315 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on Breitkopf & Härtel 1876 edition, with Mensurstrich layout. In original notated high clefs, in F (for SATB a lower pitch is recommended). Typesetter's notes in Appendix page.
  • (Posted 2013-09-21)  CPDL #30172:      (Finale 2012)
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2013-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 509 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: In F; ed. for SAAB (from SATB); score includes list of editorial changes.
  • (Posted 2011-02-14)  CPDL #23145:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-02-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A tone lower, in E flat Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2008-10-06)  CPDL #18108:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-10-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In E flat.
  • (Posted 2003-08-01)  CPDL #05385:  Network.png
Editor: Abel Di Marco (submitted 2003-08-01).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 26.43 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: E major
  • (Posted 1999-07-23)  CPDL #00322:         
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 1999-07-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In E flat
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Missing syllable in underlay. See the discussion page for full description.

General Information

Title: Alma Redemptoris Mater a 8 (Collegio romano ms), not to be confused with Alma Redemptoris Mater (voci pari) or Alma Redemptoris Mater a 8 (Capella Giulia ms)
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 8 or 4vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
in alternatim and together; also performable by a single choir SATB Genre: SacredVotive antiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1800–1810 in Collegio Romano MS 2852, no. 67
    Manuscript 1854 in SANT Hs 1224, no. 52
First published: 1876 in Cantata Catholica (Bernard Hellebusch), no. 62
Description: As printed in the Palestrina Werke (Breitkopf, vol. 7: 73–75), this is a double-chorus motet in which chorus 1 sings from m. 1 to m. 16, chorus 2 from m. 17 to m. 33, and both choruses together from m. 34 to the end. This antiphonal work is a completely different setting from the two others in the Palestrina Werke, one of which is in fact for four voices and the other of which features some 8-part writing at the very end.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Alma Redemptoris Mater.