Canticum Canticorum (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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Title: Canticum Canticorum - Songs of Solomon
Original title: Motettorum – Liber Quartus
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB (1-18, 29)
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB (19-22, 27-28)
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB (23-26)

Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Publication date and place: 1587 Venice: Angelo Gardano

Description: The Song of Songs (Hebrew title שיר השירים, Shir ha-Shirim), is a book of the Hebrew Bible—Tanakh or Old Testament—one of the five megillot (scrolls). It is also known as the Song of Solomon or as Canticles, the latter from the shortened and anglicized Vulgate title Canticum Canticorum, "Song of Songs" in Latin. It is known as Aisma in the Septuagint, which is short for ῏Αισμα ᾀσμάτων, Aisma aismatôn, "Song of Songs" in Greek.

The Song of Songs is thought by some to be a allegorical representation of the relationship of God and Israel as husband and wife. Literally, however, the main characters of the Song are simply a woman and a man, and the poem suggests movement from courtship to consummation. It is one of the shortest books in the Bible, consisting of only 117 verses. According to Ashkenazi tradition, it is read on the Sabbath that falls during the intermediate days of Passover. In the Sephardi Jewish community it is recited every Friday night. (Above is the brief wikipedia article - Use link below to see full article.)

List of works

Index Title Translation
1 Osculetur me (osculo oris sui) Let him kiss me (with the kiss of his mouth)
2 Trahe me post te Draw me after you
3 Nigra sum, sed formosa I am black but comely
4 Vineam meam non custodivi My vineyard I have not kept
5 Si ignoras te If you do not know
6 Pulchrae sunt genae tuae Thy cheeks are beautiful
7 Fasciculus myrrhae (dilectus meus mihi) A bundle of myrrh (is my beloved to me)
8 Ecce tu pulcher es Behold thou art fair
9 Tota pulchra es You are altogether beautiful
10 Vulnerasti cor meum You have ravished my heart
11 Sicut lilium inter spinas As the lily among thorns
12 Introduxit me rex (in cellam vinariam) He brought me (into the cellar of wine)
13 Laeva eius (sub capite meo) His left hand (is under my head)
14 Vox dilecti mei The voice of my beloved
15 Surge, propera amica mea a 5 Arise, my love
16 Surge, amica mea, (speciosa mea et veni) Arise, my love, (my fair one, and come away)
17 Dilectus meus mihi, (et ego illi) My beloved is mine, (and I am his)
18 Surgam et circuibo civitatem I will rise and go about the city
19 Adiuro vos (filiae Jerusalem) I charge you, (O ye daughters of Jerusalem)
20 Caput eius (aurum optimum) His head (is as the finest gold)
21 Dilectus meus descendit (in hortum suum) My beloved is gone down (into his garden)
22 Pulchra es, amica mea Thou art beautiful, O my love
23 Quae est ista (quae progreditur quasi) Who is she (that cometh like the dawn)
24 Descendi in hortum nucum I went down into the garden of nuts
25 Quam pulchri sunt (gressus tui in calceamentis) How graceful are (your feet in sandals)
26 Duo ubera tua (sicut duo hinnuli) Thy two breasts are like two young roes
27 Quam pulchra es et quam decora How fair and pleasant you are
28 Guttur tuum sicut (vinum optimum) Thy throat is like (the best wine)
29 Veni, veni, dilecte mi, (egrediamur in agrum) Come, my beloved, (let us go forth into the fields)

Works at CPDL

Title Year No. Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Adiuro vos 1587 19 Sacred Motets 5 SAATB
Caput eius 1587 20 Sacred Motets 5 SAATB
Descendi in hortum nucum 1587 24 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB
Dilectus meus descendit 1587 21 Sacred Motets 5 SAATB
Dilectus meus mihi 1587 17 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Duo ubera tua 1587 26 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB
Ecce tu pulcher es 1587 8 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Fasciculus myrrhae 1587 7 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Guttur tuum sicut 1587 28 Sacred Motets 5 SAATB
Introduxit me rex 1587 12 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Laeva eius 1587 13 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Nigra sum, sed formosa 1587 3 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Osculetur me 1587 1 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Pulchra es amica mea 1587 22 Sacred Motets 5 SAATB
Pulchrae sunt genae tuae 1587 6 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Quae est ista quae progreditur 1587 23 Sacred Antiphons 5 SSATB
Quam pulchra es 1587 27 Sacred Motets 5 SAATB
Quam pulchri sunt 1587 25 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB
Si ignoras te 1587 5 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Sicut lilium inter spinas I 1587 11 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Surgam et circuibo civitatem 1587 18 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Surge amica mea 1587 16 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Surge propera a 5 1587 15 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Tota pulchra es 1587 9 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Trahe me post te 1587 2 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Veni, veni dilecte mi 1587 29 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Vineam meam non custodivi 1587 4 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Vox dilecti mei 1587 14 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Vulnerasti cor meum 1587 10 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB

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