Talk:Continuo lacrimas (In mortem Clementis non Papa) (Jacobus Vaet)

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Would there be merit in transposing up a tone, resulting in a score SAATB + cantus firmus?

That would give a much more easily performable (and Gibbons-like) part distribution and tessitura, as follows: Soprano: E to G Alto 1: G to B Alto 2: G to B Tenor: D to E Bass: G to A

Cantus Firmus (either T2 or B1): G to D.

Score transposition is certainly possible. I have often had to sing works at a different pitch than that given in the score (without benefit of a transposed score). I'm not sure that I would relish the "Gibbons-like" disposition of voices suggested, however. This is a piece originally intended for men's voices plus treble voices (almost surely boys), with the distribution SAATBarB (where A really means male alto or countertenor), I would probably perform this piece at the original pitch, with the two Alto/Countertenor parts sung by a combination of (female) altos and (male) countertenors (or high tenors). ChuckGiffen 11:11, 10 January 2007 (PST)