Quam pulchra es (Benedictus Ducis)

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  • (Posted 2017-03-12)  CPDL #43509:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2017-03-12).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Soprano, Alto II and Tenor II voices are a three in one canon with the lower voices a fourth and an octave below the soprano. The canon is resoluted in score. This is a single source edition with a diplomatoric aproach. Midis for rehearsal can be generated by compiling the Lilypond source file.

General Information

Title: Quam pulchra es
Composer: Benedictus Ducis

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Concentus octo, sex, quinque et quatuor vocum (Salminger), no. 5
    2nd published: 1568 in Cantiones Triginta Selectissimae (Stephani), no. 5
Description: Attributed only to 'Benedictus' in Salminger, assumed to be Benedictus Ducis by Stephani, it is also possible this work is by Benedictus Appenzeller.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quam pulchra es amica mea et quam decora columba mea (, soror mea†).
Veni dilecta mea, formosa mea, sponsa mea.
Veni electa mea, vox tua dulcis et facies decora nimis.
Veni et coronaberis.

Only in some voice parts

English.png English translation

How beautiful art thou, O my love and how comely, O my dove (, my sister).
Come, my beloved, my beautiful one, my bride.
Come, my chosen one, thy voice is sweet and thy face too comely.
Come, and thou shalt be crowned.

Translation by Edward Tambling