Hodie Christus natus est a 8 (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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CPDL has two different settings of Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. For the setting for SATB or TTBB, see Hodie Christus natus est a 4 (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina).

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  • (Posted 2021-05-20)  CPDL #64484: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a tone:      
Transposed down a fourth:      
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2021-05-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1575 print. Original note values.
  • (Posted 2018-11-16)  CPDL #52106:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2017-11-14)  CPDL #47373:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-11-14).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, Vol 7 (Joseph Napoléon Ney). Clefs modernised. Original note values, but halved in the triple-time section.
  • (Posted 2015-09-23)  CPDL #36885:   
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2015-09-23).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Edited from facsimile of original print. Alla quarta bassa in deference to chiavi alti.
  • (Posted 1999-08-24)  CPDL #00325:      (Finale 2002)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-08-24).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 126 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values reduced by half, and by 1/4 in triple meter section (mm. 61-76) Musica ficta has not been shown in this edition. Performers may wish to transpose piece down one step.

General Information

Title: Hodie Christus natus est (8 part)
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAB.ATTB, or AATB.TBarBarB
Genre: SacredMagnificat antiphon for Christmas Day

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Motettorum liber tertius, 5-8vv, no. 32
    2nd published: 1844 in Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, Volume 7, no. 92

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Text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Hodie Christus natus est.