Sanctus (Franchino Gaffurio)

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  • CPDL #18756:      (Finale 2009)
Editor: Michael P. McDonald (submitted 2009-01-13).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third for modern choirs; accidentals and text in square brackets are editorial.

General Information

Title: Sanctus
Composer: Franchino Gaffurio

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1987 in facsimile

Description:

The Librone are four manuscript choir books in large format (so the entire choir could read from a single book) copied around the turn of the 15th century under the direction of Gaffurio, the cathedral choirmaster. They contain works by many of the great composers of the late 1400s, as well as Gaffurio himself, almost all of whose output is found nowhere else. Then, as now, he was better known as the theorist Franchinus Gaffurius (the Latin form of his name), than as a composer.
This isolated Sanctus (not part of a unified setting of the entire Ordinary of the Mass, or of the shortened version used in the Ambrosian Rite at Milan) is one of two pieces from Librone II which had not been transcribed into modern notation at the time of the facsimile edition, and a search of the literature has not revealed any indication that it has been done since. It is anonymous in the manuscript, but is written in Gaffurio's hand, as was all the music in the Librone which is attributed to him; and since it is unique to this source, there is no evidence it was written by anyone else.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Sanctus.