Rex pacificus (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2012-11-18)  CPDL #27628:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2012-11-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Pierluigi da Palestrina's Werke. Dritter Band. Breitkopf und Härtel. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values. Alto parts are in tenor clef.

General Information

Title: Rex pacificus
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Motettorum liber tertius, 5-8vv, no. 21
Description: Antiphon for the first psalm at First Vespers of Christmas

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Rex pacificus magnificatus est,
cujus vultum desiderat universa terra.

English.png English translation

The King of peace is magnified,
whose face the whole earth desires.

Translation by Edward Tambling