Candidi facti sunt (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2022-01-25)  CPDL #67750:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2022-01-25).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 173 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the Byrd/Tallis Cantiones Sacrae of 1575 with plainsong added from the 1520 printed Sarum antiphonal. Transposed up a fourth to compensate for the low clefs. Original note values retained. A critical commentary is appended to the score.
  • (Posted 2021-11-18)  CPDL #66751:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2021-11-18).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2009-04-02)  CPDL #19147:   
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2009-04-02).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a 4th for SATBarB.
  • (Posted 2009-02-18)  CPDL #18934:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2009-02-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a 5th for SATTB.
  • (Posted 2009-02-18)  CPDL #18932:   
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2009-02-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: At (very low) published pitch for ATBBB.

General Information

Title: Candidi facti sunt
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: ATBBB, SATTB or SATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 22
    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 21
    Manuscript c.1560-1590 in British Library Add. MS 30480-30484 (Hamond Partbooks), no. 52
Description: A cantus firmus setting of a responsory for Vespers and Matins of the Common of Apostles during Eastertide in the Use of Sarum. After the death of Mary Tudor and the Abandonment of the Latin liturgy, Elizabethan singers are most likely to have sung it as a simple motet without the plainsong interpolations originally intended.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Candidi facti sunt nazarei ejus, alleluya. Splendorem Dei dederunt, alleluya. Et sicut lac coagulati sunt, alleluya.
In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum: et in fines orbis terræ verba eorum.
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.

English.png English translation

Radiant white became his Nazarites, alleluia; they gave splendour to God, alleluia, and are curdled like milk, alleluia.
Their sound is gone out through all the earth; and their words to the ends of the earth.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.