O quantus luctus (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2022-11-19)  CPDL #71610:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2022-11-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Palestrina Werke, 5. Band. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values. Alto in octave transposed violin clef.
  • (Posted 2012-07-13)  CPDL #26762:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-07-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Musica Divina Vol. II Liber motettorum (ed. Karl Proske, 1854). Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: O quantus luctus
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SacredMotet for the feast of St. Martin

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Motecta festorum totius anni liber primus, 4vv, no. 24
    2nd published: 1854 in Musica Divina Vol. II (Carl Proske), p. 129

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O quantus luctus hominum,
quanta praecipue lamenta monachorum,
et virginum chorus:
quia pium est gaudere Martino,
et pium est flere Martinum.

English.png English translation

Oh, what great mourning of men,
and great were the lamentations of monks,
and of the choir of virgins,
because it is a good thing to rejoice in Martin,
and it is a good thing to weep.