Regali ex progenie (Adam of Fulda)

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  • CPDL #20028:        (Finale 2009)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2009-08-21).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 154 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Previous error: soprano part, m57 has only 3 beats in the measure when it should be 4. Corrected on 2009-09-06: the C is 2 beats (beats 3 & 4), insert E flat-D eighth notes on beat 2, n.b. the alto part in m58.
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General Information

Title: Regali ex progenie
Composer: Adam of Fulda

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1500 in Nicholas Apel Codex, no.  

Description: An unusual, four-part 15th-century Christmas Lied from the Nicholas Apel Codex (c.1500) with a cantus firmus in the Tenor, against a melodic phrase, set initially in imitation, in the other three voices. Throughout the piece, the melody is repeated in the upper two voices with rhythmic and slight melodic variation. While there is little harmonic motion, the piece beautifully develops tension throughout until the conclusion. The vocal lines have long, extended melismae on single syllables, typical of the period.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Regali ex progenie.