Miserere (Tommaso Bai)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-16)  CPDL #59768:       
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.

General Information

Title: Miserere
Composer: Tommaso Bai
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 9vv   Voicing: SATTB.SSAB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

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.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 51.