Ecce quomodo moritur justus (Jacob Handl)

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Editor: Nikolaus Hold (submitted 2022-11-23).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Arrangement for German text; see the edition notes at the end of the 2nd page. An attempt was made to bring the piece closer to Handl's original in terms of rests.
Arranger: Johann Michael Anding
  • (Posted 2018-08-02)  CPDL #50746:       
Editor: Aristotle Aure Esguerra (submitted 2018-08-02).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 207 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1587 print; lowered P4; range indicators added; note values halved.
  • (Posted 2012-12-17)  CPDL #27812:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-12-17).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Musica Divina Vol. IV (ed. Karl Proske, 1863). Original key and note values. Revised files uploaded 24/10/17.
  • (Posted 2004-07-03)  CPDL #07456:  Network.png
Editor: Fernando Gómez Jácome (submitted 2004-07-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed from Musici Operis, Secundus Tomus, nº 13 (Praha, 1587).
  • (Posted 2002-09-07)  CPDL #03979:  Network.png
Editor: Abel Di Marco (submitted 2002-09-07).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 17.85 MB   Copyright: Religious
Edition notes: alphabetized by title. Transposed down a minor 2nd. Note values halved.
  • (Posted 1999-06-16)  CPDL #00179:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-06-16).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a major 2nd. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Ecce quomodo moritur justus
Composer: Jacob Handl
Source of text: Isaiah 57, 1-2 (parts)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotetResponsory

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Opus musicum, Volume 2, no. 13
    2nd published: 1603 in Florilegium selectissimarum cantionum, no. 64
    3rd published: 1618 in Florilegium Portense, Volume 1, no. 64
    4th published: 1682 in Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch (Gottfried Vopelius), p. 263
    5th published: 1844 in Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, Volume 6, no. 69
    6th published: 1863 in Musica Divina Vol. IV (Carl Proske), p. 151
    7th published: 1868 in Vierstimmiges Choralbuch (Johann Michael Anding), no. 69
    8th published: 1906 in Volksliederbuch für Männerchor, no. 24
    9th published: 1907 in Sammlung ausgezeichneter Kompositionen für die Kirche, no. 3.19
    10th published: 1915 in Volksliederbuch für gemischten Chor, no. 26
    11th published: 1923 in Chorbuch des „Sängerhain“ 1923- (Ernst Dahlke), p. 321
    12th published: 1977 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 4, no. 4
Description: 6th of the responsories for Holy Saturday.
In Bach's Leipzig this motet was sung at Good Friday vespers, following the Passion and before the final collect & benediction. It is quoted in movement 9 of Handel's Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, HWV 264. Ecce Aindling Zeile1 Obstimmen.jpg
Anding did not use rests in the arrangement of Handl's composition but placed each line of text between bar lines - or rather caesura lines - which here take the place of fermatas; see picture above. He thus deviates completely from Handl's original, in which the rests are used as usual; see image below.
Ecce Handl Zeile1 Cantus.jpg

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ecce quomodo moritur.