Quem vidistis pastores? (William Child)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-11-28).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 504 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Edition prepared from GB-OB Mus.Sch. C32-C37.

General Information

Title: Quem vidistis pastores?
Composer: William Child
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published:
Description: Best performed by single voices or (following the editorial cues) as a verse anthem. Child himself was emphatically of the Anglican episcopal tradition. The current piece is one of a dozen in Latin which survive in a single manuscript source, and were uncirculated in his lifetime. Child wrote psalms in this modern Italian style (but in English), "Fitt for private Chappells or other private meetings". It is possible that the Latin motets were written for similar use, at the request of a Catholic patron, perhaps in the circle of Queen Henrietta Maria.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Quem vidistis.