O virgo simul et mater (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-05)  CPDL #42536:        (Finale 2012)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2017-01-05).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2016-11-16)  CPDL #41894: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a minor third:       - Altos in transposed violin clef
Transposed down a fourth:       - Altos in transposed violin clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2016-11-16).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1577 Scotto edition. Original note-values.

General Information

Title: O virgo simul et mater
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1572 in Motettorum liber secundus 5-8vv (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina), no. 1
Description: This motet is the model for a mass by Palestrina.

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Original text and translations

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O virgo simul et mater lux maxima mundi
 quae summo caeli vertice laeta sedes
victa meis tandem lacrimis huc lumina flecte
 lumina splendidius quae mihi sole nitent
aspice ut insanis jam jam miser obruar undis
 ni tua det faciles aura beata vias
affer opem praecor o nostrae spes certa salutis
 ipsa salus hominum de gremio orta tuo.