Quid commisisti, O dulcissime puer, SWV 56 (Heinrich Schütz)

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  • (Posted 2021-06-27)  CPDL #64902:  Full score:   Basso Continuo:       
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Title: Quid commisisti, O dulcissime puer, SWV 56
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Lyricist: Augustine of Hippo

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1625 in Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4, no. 4
    2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 4, no. 4
    3rd published: 2004 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 8, no. 4
Description: This is the first part of Schütz's 5-part set of Passion motets (SWV 56-60). Second part is Ego sum tui plaga doloris; third part is Ego enim inique egi; fourth part is Quo, nate Dei; fifth part is Calicem salutaris accipiam.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quid commisisti, O dulcissime puer,
ut sic judicareris, O amantissime juvenis,
ut adeo tractareris?
Quod scelus tuum,
quae noxa tua,
quae causa mortis,
quae occasio tuae damnationis?

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Wat heb je misdaan, o liefste jongen
dat je zó gevonnist wordt,
o allerbeminnelijkste jongeman?

dat je het tot zover hebt laten komen?

Wat is jouw misdaad?
wat is jouw vergrijp?

Wat is de reden van jouw dood

Wat is de aanleiding van jouw verdoemenis?

Translation by Anton Hendriks, Ben Terstegge, Hanneke Pot
English.png English translation

What have you done, O sweetest boy,
That you are judged so; O most lovely youth,
That you are brought to this?
What is your offence,
What your crime,
What is the cause of your death,
What the reason for your condemnation?

Translation by Pamela Dellal © courtesy Emmanuel Music, Boston, MA USA www.emmanuelmusic.org