Aspice Pater piissimum Filium, SWV 73 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-17)  CPDL #65158: 
Full score:        
Basso Continuo:  
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2021-07-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from original print, Mensurstrich layout, original key signature and note values, clefs modernized, musica ficta clearly marked..
  • (Posted 2015-03-26)  CPDL #34902:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2015-03-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. The source, available on IMSLP gives the first Tenor note in bar 9 as G, but A looks much more likely. Musica ficta are editorial.

General Information

Title: Aspice Pater piissimum Filium, SWV 73
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Lyricist: Augustine of Hippo

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1625 in Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4, no. 21
    2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 4, no. 21
    3rd published: 2004 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 8, no. 21
Description: First part; second part is Nonne hic est; third part is Reduc, Domine

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Aspice Pater, piissimum Filium,
pro me tam impia passum.
Respice, clementissime Rex,
quis patitur, pro quo patitur,
et reminiscere benignus.

English.png English translation

Consider, Father, your most pious son
who suffered such evil for my sake.
Regard, most merciful King,
he who suffered, for what he suffered,
and be gracious in remembrance.

Translation by Pamela Dellal © courtesy Emmanuel Music, Boston, MA USA