De Profundis H 156 (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)

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  • (Posted 2006-01-10)  CPDL #10706:     
Editor: Paul Cienniwa (submitted 2006-01-10).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 66 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: De profundis, H 156
Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published:
Description: This setting of Psalm 130 concludes with a "Requiem aeternam." I've provided the option of returning to the opening verse and skipping the Requiem verse.

In the original manuscript, Charpentier did not complete more than a couple of opening verses, providing an harmonic sketch, some rhythmic pointing (e.g., the first verse) and the remaining text. I presume that, as in Anglican chant, his singers would have filled in the words, with their own text rhythms, to the given harmonies.

This edition provides a practical approach to Charpentier's original, along with a continuo realization.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 130.