Miserere mei Deus (Alexander Utendal)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-13)  CPDL #65470:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-08-13).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third.

General Information

Title: Miserere mei Deus
Composer: Alexander Utendal
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1577
Description: Source: Book Three of Utendal's motets, Gerlach & Berg, Nuremberg, 1577. Notable for the exotic chords which appear in bars 23-24: E flat major followed by A flat major and then D flat major. (The score supplied here does not show these as such, because of its transposition.) Although Robert Fayrfax, in his remarkable Maria plena virtute, probably composed around 1500, had ventured as far afield as a chord of A flat major, evidently for the purpose of expressing the text, D flat is a step further, obviously.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 51.