Anima mea liquefacta est (Cabilliau)
- Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2013-12-07). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 45 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Source: Liber nonus ecclesiasticarum cantionum 5 vocum, Susato, Antwerp, 1554.
Title: Anima mea liquefacta est
First published: 1554 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quinque vocum, liber 9, no. 6
Description: The tenor part given consists of a series of notes and rests totalling 16 breves, followed by a repeat sign. This can be made to work (as shown here) if the tenor first sings it through once, doubling all values, then sings it once with the values as written. This cantus firmus (although not so designated in the source, which provides no clue other than the repeat sign and the part's brevity) is accompanied by the alternative words 'Fortuna desperata', as it is a version of the opening of the popular melody of that name. The composer has played a further game with it, however, by starting it on the wrong scale degree, so that it is distorted by altering the intervals between the notes of the melody. To obtain the traditional melody, it would be necessary to treat the first note as the first degree of a major scale.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Anima mea liquefacta est.