Libera nos (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-25)  CPDL #55429:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2019-09-25).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 167 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from London, British Library Add. MSS 37402-6 at source pitch. Note values halved. Underlay added editorially.

General Information

Title: Libera nos
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredAntiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: A five-part setting around a plainsong cantus firmus 'Libera nos, salva nos'. The original lacks underlay and may or may not have been conceived for voices. However, the text fits comfortably enough and the source in which the piece survives includes other textless pieces that are known to have had a choral origin. The attribution to Tallis is questionable.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Libera nos, salva nos, iustifica nos, o beata Trinitas!