Quid estis pusillanimes (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2014-01-03)  CPDL #30941: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a minor third:      
Transposed down a fourth:       - Alto in octave transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-01-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum, 1604. Original note-values. Editorial musica ficta added.

General Information

Title: Quid estis pusillanimes
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1573 in Viersprachendruck, no. 2
    2nd published: 1580 in Theatrum musicum, Liber 1, no. 3
    3rd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 69
Description: Lassus sets the passage "Ut fami re(laxatas)" as the corresponding solmization syllables in the hexachordum molle, naturale and durum in the various voices.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quid estis pusillanimes et contristamini qui fame laboratis?
An nescitis justitiae ut sol fami relaxatas habenas possit denuo cohibere?
Ipse enim dat escam omni carni et implet omne animal benedictione.