O caput cruentatum, BWV 244.44 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-11-12).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Music transcribed from Vierstimmige Choralgesänge, 1784, no. 87. Latin lyrics from CPDL 1207.
  • (Posted 2000-07-31)  CPDL #01207:     
Editor: Andrea Angelini (submitted 2000-07-31).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 1 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O Caput Cruentatum
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredChorale   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in Lustgarten neuer teutscher Gesäng, no. 24
  2nd published: 1784 in Vierstimmige Choralgesänge, Teil 1, no. 87
  3rd published: 1892 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Volume 39
  4th published: 1894 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Volume 41
  5th published: 1898 in 389 Choralgesänge, no. 159
Opus: BWV 0244 , mvt. 44

Description: Latin text (by an unknown author) based on a hymn O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden by Paul Gerhardt, 1656. Bach used this chorale in Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (Johann Sebastian Bach) nos. 44 and 54.

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Original text and translations

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O caput cruentatum,
Spinarum acie
Tam dure verberatum
orbatum specie
Fac ut crudele sertum,
cor meum lugeat.
Et Tuae veniae certum,
iudicium habeat.

Supreme majestati,
Hoc sacrificium
Offerimus prostrati
dolore criminum.
Agni motus cruore,
dat Pater veniam
Digno motus honore,
augebit gratiam.