Exultate justi (Ludovico da Viadana)

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  • (Posted 2017-10-14)   CPDL #46796:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-10-14).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: in G. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-11-21)   CPDL #41985:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2016-11-21).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: (A-flat edition)
  • (Posted 2016-11-21)   CPDL #41984:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2016-11-21).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: (Edition in G.)
Regarding the much-discussed question of tempo relationships, perfomers should probably observe the contemporary Venetian practice in which a whole bar in triple time equals a half bar in duple time (dotted breve = minim). This is best achieved by setting a quick and light three (one beat per bar) at the beginning.
The Basso Continuo (merely a Basso seguente here) is not necessary unless the ensemble lacks musical acumen or is unable to hold the pitch. In editions comprising works in Prima Prattica and Seconda Prattica it was common to provide an instrumntal bass throughout, regardless of whether or not it was considered ideal for works in Old Roman Style.
Why make a new edition of this most well-known work? A transcription prepared from Vincenti’s 1605 print reveals a few persistent errors in most modern editions (probably perpetuated by popular “on sale” material), most of which seem inexplicable even if their editors thought it necessary to “improve“ Viadana’s counterpoint. I have no such reservations.
The most egregious mistake concerns the counterpoint in bar 19 of the Tenor part where he should descend, rather than ascend a tone after the four quavers. This is almost certainly a casual error, but the fact that it causes a doubled third with the Cantus should have been the first clue to the fault. Those who claim that they “like” it, or in truth, have simply grown fond of it through repetition, should consider that the composer would not have, and his version is both correct and idiomatic.
Less easy to explain is the omission of a repeat of 'in cithara' for the Altus & Tenor in bar 20, which is perfectly clear in the original print, and written out in full where one may have reasonably expected the customary repeat sign.
  • (Posted 2015-07-20)   CPDL #34854:   
Editor: Doug Poppen (submitted 2015-03-22).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 82.7 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed and revoiced into C Major for TTBB
  • CPDL #33161:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2014-10-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In G. Corrected edition uploaded 7-21-15. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #03307:   
Editor: Christopher Moore (submitted 2002-03-05).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 159 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Does not include any underlay.
  • CPDL #00429:       
Editors: Paco Marmol and Manolo Casaus (submitted 1999-10-14).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Exultate justi
Composer: Ludovico da Viadana
Source of text: Psalm 32 (V) vv. 1-3

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella



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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 33.

English.png English translation

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just; praise befits the upright.
Give praise to the Lord on the harp; sing to him with the psaltery, the instrument of ten strings.
Sing to him a new canticle, sing well unto him with a loud noise.
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just; praise befits the upright.

Translation by St Ann choir