Dixi custodiam vias meas (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2017-04-11)  CPDL #44000: 
Original key (high chiavette):         - Bass of Choir II in octave transposed violin clef.
Transposed down a minor third:      
Transposed down a fourth:       - Alto parts in octave transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-04-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum. Original note-values.

General Information

Title: Dixi custodiam vias meas
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATBar
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1577 in Moduli 4-9vv, no.  
    2nd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 502

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 39.

Latin.png Latin text

Dixi: custodiam vias meas ut non delinquam in lingua mea,
posui ori meo custodiam cum consideret peccator adversum me.
Obmutui et humiliatus sum et silui a bonis et dolor meus renovatus est.
Concaluit cor meum intra me et in meditatione mea exardescit ignis.

NB. Although the Vulgate version has consisteret instead of consideret,
yet since all four partbooks of Magnus opus musicum have consideret,
I decided to retain its reading. Unfortunately I have no access to original 1577 print.