Miserere mei Deus (William Mundy)

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  • (Posted 2022-08-08)  CPDL #70300:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2022-08-08).   Score information: A4, 38 pages, 497 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Edited from the surviving Tudor sources. Original note values retained. Pitched to fit the normal ranges of the Tudor TrMCCTB choir. This is an editorial completion of a work that survives in an incomplete state. The various sources preserve almost all of Mundy’s counterverses, but, of the full sections and the gimel passage near the end, only three of the six original voices now survive, rendering reconstitution a difficult and highly speculative job. Such recomposition is sometimes considered intellectually flawed. Whilst it is true that one cannot hope to recover what Mundy originally wrote, a reconstruction does at least allow the counterverses to be appreciated in context within the overall architecture of the work.

General Information

Title: Miserere mei Deus
Composer: William Mundy
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBarB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: A through-composed setting of psalm 51 in the Tudor 'counterverse' style that survives only in a seriously incomplete state.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 51.