Heu mihi, Domine a 5 (Andrea Gabrieli)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-30)   CPDL #35239:      (LilyPond)
Editor: Alistair Kirk (submitted 2015-04-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third for modern choir (SATTB). However, the Lilypond source code is specially designed to be easy to transpose, change clefs, change music font size, change paper size etc, so users are encouraged to experiment. Corrections and constructive criticism welcomed.
  • (Posted 2015-04-30)   CPDL #35238:      (LilyPond)
Editor: Alistair Kirk (submitted 2015-04-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original published pitch (chiavi bassi; might imply upward transposition), for lower voices. Various voice combinations might work: ATTTB, ATTBarB, or ATBarBarB. However, the Lilypond source code is specially designed to be easy to transpose, change clefs, change music font size, change paper size etc, so users are encouraged to experiment. Corrections and constructive criticism welcomed.

General Information

Title: Heu mihi, Domine a 5
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli
Lyricist:

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1565 in Sacrae cantiones quinque vocum, liber primus, no. 11

Description: A short, but exquisitely penitential setting of this poignant text from the Office of the Dead. This is Gabrieli's first published collection of his compositions and shows his early style. 1565 is an interesting date as Gabrieli's star was just rising in Venice - he had travelled to Munich in 1562, befriending Orlandus Lassus, and then he became organist at San Marco in 1566. Quite possibly this collection, dedicated to Prince Albert, Duke of Bavaria and probably at least partially composed while in Munich, helped Gabrieli to gain the post. As suggested on the 1565 title page, instrumental support or substitution is optional but worth considering.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Hei mihi, Domine.