Festum nunc celebre I (Anonymous)

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  • CPDL #24694:      (XML)
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2011-10-10).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 91 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML file is zipped. No barlines, original note values.

General Information

Title: Festum nunc celebre I
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Rabanus Maurus (circa 776 – 856)

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Processional Ascension hymn transcribed from the Trent manuscript tr89. The time signatures, notes' values and colourings are as in the manuscript. The coloured notes are in "proportio sesquialtera" (3 vs. 2). The notes' values within the ligaturæ are semibreves. The text underlay is only to the Superius (1st verse) with two later additions: the 3rd verse to the Superius and the 5th verse at the bottom of the page, suggesting the gregorian melody for the even verses. As the Superius and the Tenor are roughly in canon and the Contra is difficult to sing, I would suggest to sing the two upper voices and to play (sackbut?) the Contra, following a Tinctoris’ suggestion.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Festum nunc celebre.