Gemma Carbunculi (Georg Florius)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-14)  CPDL #36795:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2015-09-14).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 56 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Prepared from Harmoniae miscellae, Nuremberg, 1583. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
  • (Posted 2014-05-09)  CPDL #31936:      (XML)
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2014-05-09).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The time signatures, the note values and the accidentals are as in the original edition. The 'musica ficta' suggestions are in the MIDI and MusicXML files. The source (MusicXML) file is zipped.

General Information

Title: Gemma Carbunculi
Composer: Georg Florius
Source of text: Sirach 32:7-8

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1583 in Harmoniae miscellae cantionum sacrarum, no. 34
    2nd published: 1609 in Musicalischer Zeitvertreiber, no. 30

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Gemm(ul)a Carbunculi in ornamento auri,
et comparatio musicorum in convivio vini.
Sicut in fabricatione auri signum est Smaragdi,
sic numerus musicorum in iocundo et moderato vino.

English.png English translation

A concert of music in a banquet of wine
is as a carbuncle set in gold.
As a signet of an emerald in a work of gold:
so is the melody of music with pleasant and moderate wine.