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Diliges Dominum (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-18)  CPDL #68486:   
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2022-03-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 220 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone (for SSAATTBB), otherwise identical to CPDL #68485 below.
  • (Posted 2022-03-18)  CPDL #68485:   
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2022-03-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 220 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: At original notated pitch (for SSAATTBB or SSTTTTBB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from the original source. Voice parts laid out in pairs, rather than in "double choir" format, consistent with the canonic structure of the motet.
  • (Posted 2021-11-21)  CPDL #66815:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2021-11-21).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2008-08-23)  CPDL #17961:   
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-08-23).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 113 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor 3rd from original key.
  • (Posted 2002-09-09)  CPDL #03989:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-09-09).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 112 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key. Revised August 2008.

General Information

Title: Diliges Dominum
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: Matthew 22: 37 & 39

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicings: SSAATTBB, SSTTTTBB or AATTTTBB
Genre: SacredCanonMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 25
Description: Ingenious canonic setting of the two Great Commandments. Against each part in the source is inscribed "Due partes in una recte & retro" ("Two parts in one, forward and in retrograde") — each pair of voices sings the same music in opposite directions simultaneously.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Diliges Dominum Deum tuum,
Ex toto corde tuo,
Et in tota anima tua,
Et in tota mente tua:
Diliges proximum tuum,
Sicut te ipsum.

English.png English translation

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart
and with all thy soul and with all thy mind.
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

German.png German translation

Du wirst [sollst] den Herrn, deinen Gott, lieben,
aus deinem ganzen Herzen
und in deiner ganzen Seele
und in deinem ganzen Geist:
Du wirst [sollst] deinen Nächsten lieben
wie dich selbst.