Agnus Dei (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #23328:   
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2011-04-02).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: With original clefs, note values, and unbarred layout, this diplomatic edition accords faithfully with the original 1597 publication. Copyright by the composer for CPDL, may be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded.
  • CPDL #23327:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2011-04-02).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key and note values, this performing edition accords with the work as originally published in 1597, but also includes annotations for the later score published as an appendix to the 1771 reprinting of the original source by William Randall. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Copyright by the composer for CPDL, may be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded.
Transposed editions
Down a perfect fourth
  • CPDL #23329:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2011-04-02).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed down a perfect fourth from the original, for ATBarB, and otherwise identical with CPDL #23327 above. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Copyright by the composer for CPDL, may be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded.
Down a minor third
  • CPDL #20829:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-01-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This has 'nobis' substituted for the original 'nostri' in the Latin text, to make it more suitable for liturgical use. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Transposed down a minor third, note values halved. Revised files uploaded 8/12/17. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Down a major second
  • CPDL #00927:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2000-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a major second, note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Agnus Dei
Composer: Thomas Morley

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: A Plain and Easy Introduction to Practical Music (1597)

Description: This motet was included by Morley in his treatise A Plain and Easy Introduction to Practical Music (1597) as an example of his principles of composition. It is suitable for Lenten or general use, but it is not liturgically suitable for the Ordinary of the Mass, especially since the text is not the same as that of the Mass.

However, while the word nostri is substituted for the usual nobis, this is not grammatically incorrect by any means; the Latin verb misereor (I have mercy) takes the genitive case (here, nostri, another example being Miserere mei; nobis and mihi are the dative of these words, respectively), but often governs the dative in ecclesiastical Latin.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Agnus Dei.