Quae est ista quae ascendit (Pierre de Manchicourt)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-22)   CPDL #56380:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-12-22).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 307 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Transposed one tone higher (for SSATBB), otherwise identical to CPDL #56067 below.
  • (Posted 2019-11-26)   CPDL #56067:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-11-26).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 309 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: At original pitch (for SSATBB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from the source listed below.

General Information

Title: Quae est ista quae ascendit (2.p. Ista est speciosa)
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt
Source of text: Song of Songs

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATBB
Genre: SacredMotetResponsory at Matins for the Feast of the Assumption

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1554 in Phalèse, Cantionum sacrarum liber 5 (Pierre de Manchicourt), no. 13

Description: This is one of seven settings of text from the Song of Songs (Canticum Canticorum) among Manchicourt's output of more than seventy motets.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quae est ista quae ascéndit sicut sol,
   et formósa tamquam Jerúsalem?
Vidérunt eam fíliae Sion et beátam dixérunt,
   et regínae laudavérunt eam.

Ista est speciósa inter fílias Jerúsalem,
   pulchra ut luna, elécta ut sol,
   cujus odor vestimentórum
   super ómnia aromáta.

English.png English translation

Who is she that has ascended like the sun,
   and was as beautiful as Jerusalem?
Zion's daughters saw her and called her blessed,
   and queens praised her.

This is the fair one among the daughters of Jerusalem,
   beautiful as the moon, excellent as the sun,
   the scent of whose garments
   is above all manner of spices.