Dies est leticie (Jörgen Presten)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-23)  CPDL #24553:      (XML)
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2011-09-23).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 206 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML file is zipped. No barlines, original note values, text underlay only for third tenor line.

General Information

Title: Dies est leticie
Composer: Jörgen Presten

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSATTBB, or SAATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1560 in Royal Danish Library MS KB 1872
Description: This "unicum", based on a Christmas song very popular since the XV century, has been transcribed from the København manuscript KB 1872. The manuscript, 7 partbooks of 8, was copied by the chief of the royal Dutch band, the German trumpeter Jørgen Heyde, for the use of the band instrumentalists and, while almost all the pieces are vocal, there are very few texts. The Tenor has the song melody while the other voices are in free counterpoint, the lyrics underlay is mine.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Dies est laetitiae.