Dulces exuviae (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-06)  CPDL #56556:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2020-01-06).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note values.

General Information

Title: Dulces exuviae
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Virgil

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: ATTB or ATBB
Genre: SecularLament

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c.1513-25 in Royal 8 G. vii, no. 27
Description: A setting of Dido's lament (Aeneid IV.651–4) which appeared in the manuscript Royal 8.g.vii, copied by Petrus Alamire and presented to King Henry VIII and his wife, Catherine of Aragon. The manuscript also contains settings of the lament which have been identified as being by Josquin, Mouton, Ghiselin and Agricola, but the composer of this one (probably likewise Franco-Flemish) remains unidentified. It is none the less deserving for that! The lower of the two middle parts would be as suitable for baritones as it is for tenors.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Dulces exuviae.