A solis ortus cardine (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • CPDL #10797:      (Finale 2005)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2005-03-17).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 286 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Musica ficta clearly indicated.

General Information

Title: A solis ortus cardine
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First Published: 1589 in Hymni totius anni, no. 11.

Description: Palestrina follows a common practice of his time by setting only odd-numbered stanzas (four of them) of the Gregorian chant Mode 3 hymn text, it being understood that the even-numbered stanzas would be chanted (and the first stanza chanted as an introduction). It is interesting to note that the hymn text, by Caelius Sedulis (5th-century) has the peculiar feature that the stanzas begin with successive letters of the alphabet: A, Beatus, Castae, Domus, Enixa, Foeno, Gaudet, etc.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at A solis ortus cardine.