O admirabile commercium (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2018-05-28)  CPDL #49874:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2018-05-28).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 542 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: New Josquin Edition, vol. 21, ed. Bonnie J. Blackburn, 2007. Notation here is a tone higher than original with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and editorial accidentals by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 26 Nov 2017

General Information

Title: O admirabile commercium
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1521 in Motetti libro primo (Antico), no. 4
    Manuscript c.1527 in Cappella Sistina MS 46, no. 13
    2nd published: 1538 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider), Volume 2, no. 29.1
Description: This is the first in a series of five related antiphons that were consistently printed and copied together. The others are 'Quando nato est', 'Rubum quem viderat', 'Germinavit radix Jesse', and 'Ecce Maria genuit'.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O admirabile commercium.