Lamentations a 6 (Robert White)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-19)  CPDL #56356:   
Editor: Simon MacHale (submitted 2019-12-19).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 201 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note values retained. Musica ficta suggested. Tenor part reconstructed throughout.
  • (Posted 2018-05-15)  CPDL #49652:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2018-05-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 30 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This file contains only 14 bars of the Frykman edition of White's Lamentations for six voices, starting at bar 145. In the full score, this section is presented as a duo, and, as the main original source (the Baldwin Part Books) contains no indication of the number of parts that would have been singing at this point, it is impossible to know whether or not the composer intended this section to be a trio instead, incorporating a part shown in the missing Tenor partbook. Whether such a part is needed is a matter of opinion and conjecture, therefore, but one is supplied here. The relationship between the two 'O vos omnes' sections is also curious: White does not make a habit of repeating sections of text elsewhere, but does so here, and there are also musical similarities between the two consecutive sections that set the words.
  • (Posted 2017-11-08)  CPDL #47243:         
Editor: Gervais Frykman (submitted 2017-11-08).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 166 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The outer clefs are C1 and C5, which imply downward transposition, of a tone in this case. Then the upward transposition of a tone due to the pitch change leaves us where we were, but better informed. The alto parts are laid out for high tenors. The treble part is unusually low, perhaps responding to the sombre text. If transposed down, the tenor part is for a bass. :The tenor part has been lost except for two fragments in Paston sources. The rest has been reconstructed. :There is a mean gymell at Omnis Populus. Editorial accidentals are marked with a small circle. :

General Information

Title: Lamentations a 6
Composer: Robert White

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SacredLamentation

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Lamentations of Jeremiah. Chapter 1 verses 8 - 13