Quam pulchra es (Benedictus Appenzeller)

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  • (Posted 2020-09-16)  CPDL #60594:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2020-09-16).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third.

General Information

Title: Quam pulchra es
Composer: Benedictus Appenzeller

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: STTTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1546 in Sacrarum cantionum, liber 2 (Tielman Susato), no. 2
Description: Source: Susato, Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum 5 vocum, Antwerp, 1546. The Tenor part is of the nature of a cantus firmus, but curiously is headed 'Resolutio' in the partbook, as if it were a following canonic voice. However, it clearly enters at the beginning of the first bar, and there is nothing else to indicate that the work is intended to include a sixth voice part.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quam pulchra es amica mea,
quam pulchra es et quam decora,
carissima in deliciis.

Statura tua assimilata est platano,
et ubera tua botris.
Caput tuum ut Carmelus,
collum tuum sicut turris eburnea.

Veni, veni electa mea, sponsa mea,
veni soror mea, veni et coronaberis.