O magnum mysterium (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-02)  CPDL #58974:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-06-02).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 143 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-12-10).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1579 Gardano edition. Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values. Alto parts are in transposed violin clef.
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  • (Posted 2005-03-17)  CPDL #10812:        (Finale 2005)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2005-03-17).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 345 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Musica ficta clearly indicated.
  • (Posted 2004-12-01)  CPDL #08665:      (Finale 2004)
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  • (Posted 2003-11-04)  CPDL #05923:        (Finale 2000)
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General Information

Title: O magnum mysterium
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1569 in Liber primus motettorum, no. 28
    2nd published: 1585 in Sacrae Cantiones (Friedrich Lindner), no. 1
    3rd published: 1982 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 16, no. 8
Description: 2-part motet

Prima pars: O magnum mysterium
Secunda pars: Quem vidistis pastores

Palestrina's parody mass is based on the first part; that page includes another edition of the motet.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O magnum mysterium and Quem vidistis. .