Musica Dei donum optimi (Tielman Susato)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-14)  CPDL #75387:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2023-09-14).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third. There were just a few bars where the harmony seemed surprisingly thin or incomplete, in which case editorial additions have been proposed here, identified by small noteheads.

General Information

Title: Musica Dei donum optimi
Composer: Tielman Susato
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1540 in Selectissimae necnon familiarissimae cantiones (ed. Sigmund Salminger), no. 105
Description: Published by Melchior Kriesstein, Augsburg, 1540. A pleasant enough setting of this popular text.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Musica Dei donum optimi trahit homines, trahit deos.
Musica truces mollit animos tristesque mentes erigit.
Musica vel ipsas arbores et horridas moveat feras.