Sacrae cantiones II (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Sacræ Cantiones Liber Secundus

Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

Publication date and place: 1603

Description: Sacrae cantiones II – the ‘second book’, after Sacrae cantiones I, is a collection of motets for six voices (except the last one - for seven voices). Two of the part books are lost - the sextus and bassus parts - and have been reconstructed by various composers. Stravinky's Tres sacra cantiones (Boosey & Hawkes 1960) are completions of Da pacem, Assumpta est & the 7-part Illumina nos.

List of works

1. Virgo benedicta
2. Da pacem Domine
3. Sana me Domine
4. Ave sanctissima
5. O Oriens
6. Discedite a me
7. Gaudeamus omnes
8. Veni Creator Spiritus, reple
9. O sacrum convivium
10. Adoramus te Christe
11. Veni sponsa Christi
12. Assumpta est Maria
13. Verba mea
14. Ardens est cor meum
15. Domine Deus
16. O Beata Mater
17. Ad te levavi animam meam
18. Franciscus humilis
19. O anima sanctissima
20. Illumina nos

Works at CPDL

Title Lyricist No. Subgenre Vo. Voices
Ad te levavi animam meam 17 Motets 6 SSATTB
Adoramus te Christe 10 Motets 6 SSATTB
Ardens est cor meum 14 Motets 6 SSATTB
Assumpta est Maria 12 Motets 6 SSATTB
Ave sanctissima 4 Motets 6 SSATTB
Da pacem Domine 2 Motets 6 SSATTB
Discedite a me 6 Motets 6 SSATTB
Domine Deus 15 Motets 6 SSATTB
Franciscus humilis 18 Motets 6 SSATTB
Gaudeamus omnes 7 Motets 6 SSATTB
Illumina nos 20 Motets 7 SSATTBB
O Beata Mater 16 Motets 6 SSATTB
O Oriens 5 Magnificat antiphons 6 SSATTB
O anima sanctissima 19 Motets 6 SSATTB
O sacrum convivium 9 Motets 6 SSATTB
Sana me Domine 3 Motets 6 SSATTB
Veni Creator Spiritus, reple 8 Motets 6 SSATTB
Veni sponsa Christi 11 Motets 6 SSATTB
Verba mea 13 Motets 6 SSATTB
Virgo benedicta 1 Motets 6 SSATTB


External links

Maarten Michielsen & Cappella Gabrieli commissioned three Dutch Composers - Theo Verbey, Henri Broeren and Joop Voorn - to reconstruct the missing sextus and “bassus" parts in 2005, and have performed most of the twenty motets in various concerts in the Netherlands and Germany from 2005 to 2013. These are the editions published here, with the permission of the three contemporary composers.