A solis ortus cardine (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
- Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2005-03-17). Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 286 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Musica ficta clearly indicated.
Title: A solis ortus cardine
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Published: 1589 in Hymni totius anni secundum Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae consuetudinem, necnon hymni religionum, 4vv, Rome.
Description: Palestrina follows a common practice of his time by setting only odd-numbered stanzas (four of them) of the Gregorian chant Mode 3 hymn text, it being understood that the even-numbered stanzas would be chanted (and the first stanza chanted as an introduction). It is interesting to note that the hymn text, by Caelius Sedulis (5th-century) has the peculiar feature that the stanzas begin with successive letters of the alphabet: A, Beatus, Castae, Domus, Enixa, Foeno, Gaudet, etc.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at A solis ortus cardine.