Cum pervenisset beatus Andreas (Luca Marenzio)
- Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-06-01). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 106 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Original key; note values halved. Editorial slurs and accidentals added.
Title: Cum pervenisset beatus Andreas
Composer: Luca Marenzio
First published: 1585 in Motectorum pro festis totius anni, no. 31
Description: Motet for the feast of St. Andrew. The piece poses several problems in regard to pitch. The alto part is already low for female altos (though of course quite comfortable for male altos, as Marenzio would have known), reaching the G below middle C, and the bass part is quite high in places, reaching the F above middle C. For a modern mixed choir the notated pitch may be the best compromise; for all-male choirs it may be better to transpose the piece down.
Original text and translations
Cum pervenisset beatus Andreas ad locum,
When the blessed Andrew came to the place,