Miserere (Tommaso Bai)
- Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2020-07-16). Score information: Letter, 20 pages, 185 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from the first London publication of 1771 (which reportedly was published from a transcription by Mozart after having heard it in the Holy Week liturgies at the Vatican). This edition contains the choral verses only, as traditionally odd verses were chanted from the Graduale Romanum. Bai did not set the intermediary verses.
Composer: Tommaso Bai
First published: 1771
Description: This setting of the Miserere was composed c. 1711 with the intention of using the "soprano extrapolations" (abellimenti) used at the end of verses as sung by the Sistine Chapel Choir in the setting by Allegri (in proper key). Following this composition of Tommaso Bai, who apparently died at the end of the year he composed it, it had become the tradition of the Sistine Choir to annually alternate the settings of the Psalm in the Holy Week liturgies.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 51.