Descendit angelus (Hilaire Penet)

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  • (Posted 2021-06-21)  CPDL #64840:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-06-21).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third.

General Information

Title: Descendit angelus
Composer: Hilaire Penet
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: STTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1532 in Motteti del Fiore primus liber cum quatuor vocibus (Jacques Moderne), no. 3
    2nd published: 1539 in Fior de mottetti primus liber cum quatuor vocibus (Antonio Gardano), no. 7
    3rd published: 1540 in Selectissimarum mutetarum (Georg Forster), no. 2.7
Description: Source: Gardano, Flos Florum Primus Liber cum 4 vocibus, 1545. According to Wikipedia, this work was widely known and was responsible for the composer's reputation as a 'one-hit wonder'. However, in this editor's opinion, although 'Descendit angelus' is attractive enough, Penet's Virgo prudentissima is the finer work.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Descendit angelus.