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Sicut cervus (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-11)  CPDL #63431:  Network.png
Editor: Fernando Gómez Jácome (submitted 2021-03-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Modern clefs; note values halved
  • (Posted 2017-11-18)  CPDL #47451:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-11-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, Vol 10 (Joseph Napoléon Ney). Clefs modernised. Original note values.
  • (Posted 2017-01-30)  CPDL #42890:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif Icon_mp3_globe.gif Icon_ly_ext.png Network.png Transposed Edition and Part Midis and Mp3s Available
Editor: Monique Rio (submitted 2017-01-30).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 305 kB   Copyright: CC BY 4.0
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  • (Posted 2016-09-16)  CPDL #41133:    Icon_ly_ext.png
Editor: Peter Hilton (submitted 2016-09-16).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 420 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB part book, in G. No bar lines. Includes second part.
  • (Posted 2016-08-01)  CPDL #40611: 
Original pitch (F): (Alto is in tenor clef)   (MIDI)    
Transposed up a note (G):   (MIDI)  
Transposed up a major third (A):   (MIDI)  
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2016-08-01).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Opera omnia Tomus V. Original note-values. Includes second part: Sitivit anima mea. Midi files zipped.
  • (Posted 2014-10-14)  CPDL #33138:  Network.png
Editor: Casey Rule (submitted 2014-10-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed for SATB with modern clefs; note values halved; Transposed up a whole step from original (to G major)
  • (Posted 2014-10-13)  CPDL #33130:  Network.png
Editor: Casey Rule (submitted 2014-10-13).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed for TTBB with modern clefs; note values halved; available in original key (F) and down a whole step (Eb)
  • (Posted 2014-09-20)  CPDL #32990:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2014-09-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In G. replaces #6263.
  • (Posted 2014-03-02)  CPDL #31402:    Icon_ly_ext.png
Editor: Peter Hilton (submitted 2014-03-02).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Set without bar lines. Includes the second part - Sitivit anima mea
  • (Posted 2014-01-12)  CPDL #30980:   
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2014-01-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 551 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a major 3rd, for SATB. Includes both parts.
  • (Posted 2010-10-22)  CPDL #22483:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2010-10-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 396 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Raised a major third, SATB. From Historical Anthology of Music, vol. 1, edited by A. T. Davison & W. Apel, Harvard University Press, 1946. Translation, and slight change to musica ficta and text underlay, by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 3 Nov 2011 This edition has both partes.
  • (Posted 2010-06-06)  CPDL #21739:       
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2010-06-06).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: At original pitch (F) for male voices.
  • (Posted 2006-02-03)  CPDL #10915:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-02-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In A-flat. NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
  • (Posted 2004-11-30)  CPDL #08655:  Network.png PDF, PS, MIDI and LilyPond files available.
Editor: Nancho Alvarez (submitted 2004-11-30).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: individual parts available as midi files. In A
  • (Posted 2003-12-29)  CPDL #06263:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2003-12-29).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: In G.
  • (Posted 2002-07-04)  CPDL #03768:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Stuart McIntosh (submitted 2002-07-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: In A-flat. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 1999-07-27)  CPDL #00329:         
Editor: Rick Wheeler (submitted 1999-07-27).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 241 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In A-flat. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 1999-06-17)  CPDL #00312:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-06-17).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In A-flat.

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General Information

Title: Sicut cervus
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Source of text: Psalm 41 v. 1 (Vulgate)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB, ATTB or TTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Motectorum liber secundus, 4vv, no. 10
    2nd published: 1846 in Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, Volume 10, no. 107
    3rd published: 1846 in Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne in A, Volume 10, no. 108
    4th published: 1854 in Musica Divina Vol. II (Carl Proske), p. 163
    5th published: 1977 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 1, no. 9
Description: Continuation may be found at Sitivit anima mea . Das Stück ist auch in Proske nennt als seine Quelle: Joannis Petraloysii Praenestini Motectorum Quatuor Vocibus partim plene voce, et partim paribus vocibus. Liber Secundus. Nunc denuo lucem editus. Venetiis apud Angelum Gardanum. MDLXXXXVI.

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Text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 42.

Latin.png Latin text

Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum,
ita desiderat anima mea ad Te, Deus.

Spanish.png Spanish translation

Como el ciervo desea el manantial de las aguas,
así te desea a Ti, Dios, mi alma.
Translation by Alejandro Borrego Pérez