Quam pulchra es (Giovanni Rovetta)

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  • (Posted 2009-05-16)   CPDL #19497:     
Editor: Shaun Pirttijarvi (submitted 2009-05-15).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 168 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Critical Edition, with six pages of commentary and notes, besides the six pages of the score.

General Information

Title: Quam pulchra es
Composer: Giovanni Rovetta

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SA
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1635 in Motetti Concertati, Op. 3 (Venice)

Description: Quam pulchra es is a duet-motet, first published in 1635 and the last in a book of motets for two voices. The text is adapted from the fourth chapter of the Song of Solomon, found in the Old Testament.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Canticum Canticorum, vv. 4-5
4:1  quam pulchra es amica mea quam pulchra es; oculi tui columbarum absque eo quod intrinsecus latet; capilli tui sicut greges caprarum […]
4:2  dentes tui sicut greges tonsarum […]
4:3  sicut vitta coccinea labia tua, et eloquium tuum dulce […]
4:9  vulnerasti cor meum, soror, mea sponsa; vulnerasti cor meum […]
4:11  favus distillans labia tua sponsa mea; mel et lac sub lingua tua […]
5:8  […] quia amore langueo.
4:1  Quam pulchra es amica mea, quam pulchra es. Alleluia.