Verbum supernum prodiens (Adrian Willaert)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-03)  CPDL #57834:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-04-03).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 206 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1559 print. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values. In the first part we rendered the Tempus perfectum as a 4/4 tact. (The flow of the music does not require a ternary rhythm, Tempus perfectum only shows that a minim of the Tempus perfectum in the first part has the same length as a semibreve of the Tempus imperfectum diminutum of the second part.) The second Alto (Septimus) is in tenor clef. Since the Altus sings a canon a fifth above the Tenor, it has one sharp signature, whereas the other 6 voices have none.

General Information

Title: Verbum supernum prodiens
Composer: Adrian Willaert
Lyricist: Thomas Aquinas

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SAATTTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1559 in Musica nova, no. 1.26

Description: The setting of the hymn in two parts:
I. Verbum supernum prodiens
II. Se nascens dedit socium
The Altus and the Tenor sing the verses O salutaris hostia in a canon in both parts. In the first part in long note values compared to the other voices (that's why the Prima pars has the very rare time signature of Tempus perfectum), in the Secunda pars they fit smoothly into the musical texture.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Verbum supernum prodiens.