O altitudo divitiarum (Giaches de Wert)
- Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2023-02-10). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 179 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from 1581 print. Original key and note values.
- Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-14). Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 172 kB Copyright: CC BY NC
- Edition notes:
- Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-06-19). Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 1.23 MB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Published in 1581 in Venice. Our source: Giaches de Wert: Collected Works, ed. C. MacClintock and M. Bernstein, CMM xxiv (1961-77). Notation here is a tone higher than original with time values halved, but quartered in the final section (6/4 here). Text standardized as per Biblia Vulgata. Translation and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 29 Dec 2012
Title: O altitudo divitiarum
Composer: Giaches de Wert
Source of text: Romans 11:33-36
First published: 1581 in Modulationum cum sex vocibus liber primus, no. 3
2nd published: 1583 in Modulationum sacrarum quinque et sex vocum libri tres in unum volumen redacti, no. 34
Description: This Epistle is assigned to OT 212A. Paul has just explained to the Romans that God has consigned everyone to disobedience, that he may have mercy on them. His next words, the text of this motet, marvel at the inscrutability of God's ways.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at O altitudo divitiarum.
O altitúdo divitiárum
O the height of riches
O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!
NB. The Latin word altitudo can both mean height and depth, the Greek original, however, is βάθος, which means depth.