O sacrum convivium (Andrea Gabrieli)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-15)   CPDL #52009:   
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2015-06-01)   CPDL #35625:      (LilyPond)
Editor: Alistair Kirk (submitted 2015-06-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original source is in high clefs, so performance pitch was probably lower. With this score I've chosen to go down a tone for SATTB. However, the Lilypond source code is specially designed to be easy to transpose, change clefs, change music font size, change paper size etc, so users are encouraged to experiment. Corrections and constructive criticism welcomed.
  • (Posted 2015-06-01)   CPDL #35624:      (LilyPond)
Editor: Alistair Kirk (submitted 2015-06-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Down a fourth for lower voices (as suggested by Gabrieli's use of high clefs). Various voice combinations might work: STTTB, ATTTB, STTBarB, ATTBarB, STBarBarB or ATBarBarB. However, the Lilypond source code is specially designed to be easy to transpose, change clefs, change music font size, change paper size etc, so users are encouraged to experiment. Corrections and constructive criticism welcomed.
  • CPDL #21588:     
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2010-05-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: For ATBarBarB. Down the requisite fourth according to the rules of chiavette transposition.
  • CPDL #08831:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and ABC Plus files
Editor: Guido Gonzato (submitted 2005-08-15).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: O sacrum convivium
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB or ATBarBarB
Genre: SacredMotetEucharistic song

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1565

Description: This exquisite Eucharistic motet is one of Andrea Gabrieli's most beautiful and best-regarded compositions. Paul McCreesh, one of the most eminent performers in the world of Gabrieli's music, described it in an interview as an "unquestionable masterpiece".

Source: Andreae Gabrielis Sacrae Cantiones […], Liber Primus, published Antonio Gardano, Venice 1565. See the main CPDL page for this publication for more commentary and links to the other motets in the volume. This is Gabrieli's first published collection of his compositions and shows his early style. 1565 is an interesting date as Gabrieli's star was just rising in Venice - he had travelled to Munich in 1562, befriending Orlandus Lassus, and then he became organist at San Marco in 1566. Quite possibly this collection, dedicated to Prince Albert, Duke of Bavaria and probably at least partially composed while in Munich, helped Gabrieli to gain the post.

As suggested on the 1565 title page, instrumental support or substitution is optional but worth considering. The source is in high clefs, so downward transposition by a fourth for performance was likely.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O sacrum convivium.