Sicut lilium inter spinas I (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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CPDL has two settings of Sicut lilium inter spinas by Palestrina. For the other one (on which the parody mass is based) click here.

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  • (Posted 2020-06-22)  CPDL #59320:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-06-22).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Original (high) clefs. Transposition instructions are in the source, or feel free to email me for a transpose request.
  • (Posted 2019-11-02)  CPDL #55809: 
Original key:        
Transposed down a fourth:    
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2019-11-02).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 130 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 2019-07-03)  CPDL #54681: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a tone:      
Transposed down a fourth:      
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2019-07-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved. Updated version of Edition #2670
  • (Posted 2008-06-15)  CPDL #17237:        (Finale 2006)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2008-06-15).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: File Sizes: PDF: 74 KB, MIDI: 8 KB, Finale 2006: 32 KB.

General Information

Title: Sicut lilium inter spinas I (not to be confused with Sicut lilium inter spinas II, also for 5vv)
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Source of text: Song of Songs 2:2-3

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Canticum Canticorum, no. 11

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Sicut lilium inter spinas.