Pulchrae sunt genae tuae (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-02)   CPDL #39518: 
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Edition notes: Transcribed from original print (based on 1587 edition), Mensurstrich layout, original key signature and note values, musica ficta clearly marked
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  • CPDL #02004: 
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2001-01-24).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (high chiavette), note-values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Pulchrae sunt genae tuae
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Source of lyrics: Song of Solomon 1:10–12

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Canticum Canticorum, no. 6.

Description: From Song of Songs / Songs of Solomon - Chapter 1 - Verses 10 through 12.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Pulchrae sunt genae tuae sicut turturis,
collum tuum sicut monilia.
Murenulas aureas faciemus tibi
vermiculatas argento.
Dum esset rex in accubitu suo,
nardus mea dedit odorem suavitatis.

English.png English translation

Thy cheeks are beautiful as the turtledove's,
thy neck as jewels.
We will make thee chains of gold,
inlaid with silver.
While the king was at his repose,
my spikenard sent forth the odour thereof.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Prachtig zijn je wangen, als van een tortelduif.
Je hals is als een parelsnoer.
Laten wij voor jou kettingen maken van goud
ingelegd met stukjes zilver.
Zolang de koning op zijn rustbed lag
verspreidde mijn nardusolie zijn lieflijke geur.

Translation by Anton Hendriks, Ben Terstegge & Hanneke Pot