O lux, beata Trinitas (Robert Fayrfax)

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Editor: Bert Schreuder (submitted 2023-03-10).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The original has no text, apart from the title. In this version the polyphony was underlaid with verse 1 and 2. Note values halved, original pitch. Verse 3 added as chant.
  • (Posted 2020-05-18)  CPDL #58694:     
Editor: Humphrey Thompson (submitted 2020-05-18).   Score information: A3, 4 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This piece appears in an instructional volume on good counterpoint. Performance was probably never intended. The editor has provided text to complete one verse of the hymn. Edition prepared for the Fayrfax 2021 Quincentenary, generously supported by the Mercers' Company.
  • (Posted 2011-08-09)  CPDL #24130:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2011-08-09).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From British Museum Additional Manuscripts 4911. Our sources: music from Collected Works, ed. Edwin B. Warren; text from the same editor's Choral Art Edition, Summy, 1956. The notation here is a fourth higher than the original, with note values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers.
Alterations: Fayrfax has no time signature until our bar 11; the opening section, with the text "O lux, beata Trinitas," is 17 semibreves long and ends with a repeat sign. As the Sarum hymn has the same melody for the first two lines, we applied the second line to the repeat. Unable to duplicate the metric treatment, we had to begin with time signatures and halve the value of the fermata note in bars 5 and 10.
Emendation: In the alto, bar 67, we added the last note to fill otherwise empty space.

General Information

Title: O lux, beata Trinitas
Composer: Robert Fayrfax

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: A hymn for Sunday Vespers.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O lux beata Trinitas.