Rex Melchior (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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Original key (high chiavette):      
Transposed down a minor third:       - Alto in transposed violin clef.
Transposed down a fourth:       - Alto in transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2021-05-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1584 print. Original note values.
  • (Posted 2016-08-15)  CPDL #40784:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2016-08-15).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for SAATB or transposed down a fourth for ATTBB

General Information

Title: Rex Melchior
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Lyricist: Anon

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SAATB, SATTB or ATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet for Epiphany

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1584 in Motettorum liber quintus, 5vv, no. 15
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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Rex Melchior, Rex Gaspar, Rex Balthasar,
rogamus vos per Regem regum,
quem vagientem in cunis videre meruistis,
ut compatiamini tribulationibus nostris.

English.png English translation

O King Melchior, King Casper, King Balthasar,
we beseech you, by the King of kings,
whom you deserved to see even in his swaddling-clothes,
that you take pity on our troubles.

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)