Quid habes Esther (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-05)  CPDL #51205: 
Original key (high chiavette):      
Transposed down a fourth:       - Alto parts in transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-09-05).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 177 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1575 print. Original key (high chiavette) and note values.
NB. The original print gives the name Esther as Hester (as is found in the Vulgate) in the music, but as Ester in the index.

General Information

Title: Quid habes Esther
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Motettorum liber tertius, 5-8vv, no. 10

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quid habes Esther? Ego sum frater tuus.
Noli metuere, non morieris.
Non enim pro te, sed pro omnibus haec lex constituta est.
Accede igitur et tange sceptrum.
Cur mihi non loqueris?

Vidi te, domine, quasi angelum Dei
et conturbatum est cor meum prae timore gloriae tuae.
Valde enim mirabilis es domine
et facies tua plena est gratiarum.