Vespro della Beata Vergine (Claudio Monteverdi)

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Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2009-11-30).   Score information: A4, 138 pages, 1.48 MB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes:
Complete performing edition including 7-part Magnificat but excluding 6-part alternative.
Edition based on the 1610 part-books but in modern clefs and notation; barring by the editor, not taken from other editions.
Continuo realization included (Monteverdi's bass plus mainly chordal right-hand).
(continuo requires organ; optional harpsichord suggestions given in short-score; some bassus generalis passages are also given to cello 1 or 2 or to trombone 3)
Instrumental parts included for all the psalms.
Lauda & Magnificat transposed down a 4th from apparent pitch.
Opening intonation included. No antiphons included.
Available scores & parts:
Vocal Score (140 pages including covers)
Full Score in two parts (nos.1-10, 144 pages; nos.11-13, 60 pages)
Parts for 12 instruments (11 to 16 pages per part)
Short Score for continuo use (100 pages including covers)
Words & translation also available for inclusion in vocal scores or programmes (4 pages, reducable to A5)

General Information

Title: Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of 1610)
Composer: Monteverdi

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

cornetts 1 & 2 (or D trumpets)
cornett 3 (or Bb cornet/trumpet)
trombones 1 & 2
trombone 3 (Bass in F; or bass in G if low C played in falsett)
violins 1 & 2
violas 1 & 2
cellos 1 & 2
organ and optionally other continuo
recorders 1 & 2 (short passages ideally played by other instrumentalists or singers)

Published: 1610

Description: The work comprises the following pieces presented in this order.

1. Deus in adjutorium/Domine ad adjuvandum (intonation & response); SSATTB
2. Dixit Dominus (psalm 109/110); SSATTB
3. Nigra Sum (motet); tenor solo
4. Laudate Pueri (psalm 112/113); SSAATTBB
5. Pulchra Es (motet): soprano duet
6. Lætatus Sum (psalm 121/122); SSATTB
7. Duo Seraphim (motet); tenor duet, tenor trio
8. Nisi Dominus (psalm 126/127); SATTB-SATTB
9. Audi Cœlum (motet); tenor duet, SSATTB
10. Lauda Jerusalem (psalm 147); SAB-T-SAB
11. Sonata Sopra Sancta Maria (instrumental + soprano); soprano semi-chorus
12. Ave Maris Stella (hymn); soli & SATB-SATB
13. Magnificat a 7; multi-section with various soli & SSATTBB [Magnificat a 6: SSATTB]

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Original text and translations

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