A solis ortus cardine (John Sheppard)

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Music files

  • (Posted 2024-05-19)  CPDL #66344:  Original note values:    
  • (Posted 2021-10-21)  CPDL #80699:  Halved note values:    
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2021-10-21).   Score information: A4, 17 pages, 297 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Revised editions 2024. Edited from the Baldwin Partbooks at source pitch. Plainsong added from the printed Sarum hymnal of 1541.

General Information

Title: A solis ortus cardine
Composer: John Sheppard
Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredOffice hymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 109
Description: An alternatim setting of the hymn at Lauds and Second Vespers on Christmas Day in the Use of Sarum. The first and last polyphonic verses (vv. 2 and 8) share the same music and are in six parts. The middle two verses (vv.4 and 6) are for eight voices with split trebles and means, but the two means occasionally combine into one and, because of this and rests in the various voices, the music is never in eight real parts. The music of vv. 4 and 6 is also the same, except that in v.6 the two trebles and two means both swap their music. This means that, although the second mean part in these two verses is lost, the notes can easily be recovered from the first mean.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at A solis ortus cardine.