Sicut lilium inter spinas II (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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CPDL has two settings of Sicut lilium inter spinas by Palestrina. For the other, click here. In addition, Palestrina also composed a parody mass based on this motet, which is available here.

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  • (Posted 2017-10-03)  CPDL #46595: 
Original pitch (high chiavette):   (MIDI)    
Transposed down a fourth:   (MIDI)  
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-10-03).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Contains both parts. Transcribed from 1579 Gardano edition. Original note-values.
  • (Posted 2001-03-01)  CPDL #02143:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2001-03-01).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Only first part of the motet. Original pitch (high chiavette), note-values halved.

General Information

Title: Sicut lilium inter spinas (not to be confused with Sicut lilium inter spinas of the Song of Song cycle)
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Source of text: Song of Songs 2:2

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1569 in Liber primus motettorum, no. 21
Description: A motet in two parts:
1. Sicut lilium inter spinas
2. Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui
Palestrina composed a parody mass on the basis of this motet.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Sicut lilium inter spinas.

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Sicut lilium inter spinas, sic amica mea inter filias Adae.

Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui, filia principis,
collum tuum sicut turris eburnea, oculi tui divini
et comae capitis tui sicut purpura regis.
Quam pulchra es et quam decora, carissima.