Praeter rerum seriem (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-13)  CPDL #65476:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2021-08-13).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 344 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third for SAATBB.
  • (Posted 2021-08-13)  CPDL #65475:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2021-08-13).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 326 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: at original pitch for ATTTBB. Editorial accidentals (the modern conception of musica ficta) reflect what singers in Josquin’s time would have done when they adhered solely to their training. This stands in sharp contrast to many modern editors’ approaches to Josquin, his contemporaries, and successors, which are typified by pre-conceived ideas of how a work should sound.
  • (Posted 2017-11-16)  CPDL #47388:   
Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 2017-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 208 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: at original pitch and original note values; ligatures indicated by horizontal brackets; editorial text in italic font
  • (Posted 2004-01-05)  CPDL #06371:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2004-01-05).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 228 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2000-10-12)  CPDL #01470:     
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2000-10-12).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: transposed a tone higher than original written pitch. Revised 3 November 2001.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: In bars 71-75 of the Legge edition, the first alto part should be an octave higher. (All attempts to contact the editor directly have failed.) - Mick Swithinbank

General Information

Title: Præter rerum seriem (Secunda pars: Virtus sancti spiritus)
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: ATTTBB or SAATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1520 in Liber selectarum cantionum (Grimm & Wirsung), no. 2, p. 14
  2nd published: 1537 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider), Volume 1, no. 4
  3rd published: 1558 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 1, no. 3
  4th published: 1932 in Das Chorwerk, no. 18.4
Description: Motet in two parts, based on the Latin hymn of the same title. It served as the model for parodies by Lassus (Magnificat Praeter rerum seriem), Rore (Missa Praeter rerum seriem a 7) and La Hèle (Missa Praeter rerum seriem a 7–8).

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Text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Praeter rerum seriem.