Caligaverunt oculi mei (Tomás Luis de Victoria)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-26)  CPDL #77578: 
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Transposed down a fourth:    
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2023-11-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 197 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from original print, Mensurstrich layout, original key signature and note values, clefs modernized, musica ficta clearly marked.
  • (Posted 2020-03-20)  CPDL #57606:        
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the Breitkopf and Härtel edition on IMSLP, with minor corrections to the underlay, and clefs modernised.
  • (Posted 2010-08-05)  CPDL #22055:      (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2010-08-05).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Down a fifth according to high chiavette transposition.
  • (Posted 2004-10-19)  CPDL #08247:  Network.png PDF, PS, MIDI & LilyPond files
Editor: Nancho Alvarez (submitted 2004-10-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed under 'Oficio de Semana Santa' (Good Friday). Full score and individual parts available as midi files.
  • (Posted 2003-12-20)  CPDL #06224:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2003-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2000-08-24)  CPDL #01266:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2000-08-24).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2000-08-22)  CPDL #01232:         
Editor: Pablo Rosario (submitted 2000-08-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Caligaverunt oculi mei
Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or ATBB
Genre: SacredTenebrae responsory

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in Tenebrae Responsories (Tomás Luis de Victoria), no. 12
    2nd published: 1863 in Musica Divina Vol. IV (Carl Proske), p. 192
Description: for Good Friday.
This moving work forms one of several responsories for Tenebrae. Like the other reponsories, this includes a verse, the response, a verse and another response. The response features a low setting for Altos, Tenors and Basses, and suprises the listener with a piercing treble/soprano note on the words "Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus". Many people liken this to a cry of pain, as the words translate to "If there is any sorrow like my sorrow".

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Caligaverunt oculi mei.