O lux et decus Hispaniae (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-04)  CPDL #51186: 
Original key (high chiavette):   (MIDI)    
Transposed down a tone:   (MIDI)  
Transposed down a fourth:   (MIDI)   - Alto in transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-09-04).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 164 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1575 print. Original note values. In the first part - unlike the Breitkopf und Härtel Palestrina edition - we divided the word laureatus into five syllables (la - u - re - a - tus) because the music seems to ask for 5 syllables.

General Information

Title: O lux et decus Hispaniae
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Motettorum liber tertius, 5-8vv, no. 9
Description: In honour of St. James.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O lux et decus Hispaniae, sanctissime Jacobe,
qui inter apostolos primatum tenes,
primus eorum martyrio laureatus.

O singulare praesidium,
qui meruisti videre redemptorem nostrum adhuc mortalem
in divinitate transformatum,
exaudi preces servorum tuorum,
et intercede pro nostra salute, omniumque populorum.