Ecce tu pulchra es (Gioseffo Zarlino)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-23)  CPDL #35513:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-05-23).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 687 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: L'Arte Musicale in Italia, ed. Luigi Torchi, Vol. I, G. Ricoldi & Co., 1897. The Soprano is derived from the Tenor I by: Canon Fuga trium temporum in Diapason; Resolutio ex Tenore. We have raised the notation a minor third, halved the time values and standardized the spelling of the text according to the Vulgate Bible. Translation, emendations (see end), musica ficta and text underlay by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 7/23/98

General Information

Title: Ecce tu pulchra es
Composer: Gioseffo Zarlino

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Song of Songs 1:14-16

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ecce tu púlchra es, amíca méa!
Ecce tu púlchra es!
Oculi túi columbárum.
Ecce tu púlcher es, dilécte mi,
et decórus!
Léctulus nóster flóridus.
Tígna domórum nostrárum cédrina,
Laqueária nóstra cypréssina.

English.png English translation

Behold, you are beautiful, my love!
Behold, you are beautiful!
Your eyes are of doves.
Behold, you are handsome, my beloved,
and comely!
Our bed is adorned with flowers.
The beams of our houses are of cedar,
Our fretted roofs are of cypress.