O pulcherrima mulierum (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2011-02-19)   CPDL #22989:  Network.png
Editor: Daniel Mahraun (submitted 2011-01-10).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 156 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The piece has been transposed to better fit modern, mixed ensembles. The score order of the tenor and BI part have been reversed due to range/tessitura issues. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: O pulcherrima mulierum
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SacredAntiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1530

Description: The text is a compilation of paraphrases from the Song of Solomon. Details about the scriptural source(s) are included in the editorial notes. These compiled phrases are combined with a Marian prayer sung to a simple tenor.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O pulcherrima mulierum, vulnerasti cor meum,
soror mea, amica mea. Descende in hortum meum.
Veni, dilecta mea. Tota pulchra es, amica mea. Veni et coronaberis.
 

English.png English translation

Most beautiful of women, you have stricken my heart,
my sister, my dear one. Come down into my garden.
Come, my beloved. You are wholly beautiful, my dear one.
Come, you shall be crowned.