Nigra sum, sed formosa (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-28)  CPDL #59391:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-06-28).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2019-06-27)  CPDL #54633: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a tone:      
Transposed down a fourth:       - Alto in tenor clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2019-06-27).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved. Updated version of Edition #1977.
  • (Posted 2016-05-02)  CPDL #39515: 
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Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2019-11-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from original print (based on 1587 edition), Mensurstrich layout, original key signature and note values, musica ficta clearly marked.
  • (Posted 2008-06-15)  CPDL #17229:        (Finale 2006)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2008-06-15).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: File Sizes: MIDI: 8 KB, Finale 2006: 30 KB.
  • (Posted 2003-05-18)  CPDL #05088:  Network.png
Editor: Marco Voli (submitted 2003-05-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Entries on website listed alphabetically by Title.

General Information

Title: Nigra sum, sed formosa
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB, or ATTBarB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Canticum Canticorum, no. 3
Description: From 'Song of Songs / Songs of Solomon' - Chapter 1 - Verses 4 through 5.
The 1587 edition in all voices has filia Jerusalem, not filiae Jerusalem (as can be found in the Vulgate). The Sixteen in their recording sing in fact filia Jerusalem, all other recordings sing filiae Jerusalem. All the editions above have filiae Jerusalem.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Nigra sum sed formosa.