O Doctor optime (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-08-03)   CPDL #54965:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-08-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: At original pitch (for SATB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from the edition published in 1892 in Palestrina's Opera omnia as detailed below.

General Information

Title: O Doctor optime
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, though see notes below.
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAntiphonMagnificat antiphon at First and Second Vespers of the Feasts of Doctors of the Church

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 17th c. in Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Cappella Sistina 88 [Rome]
  2nd published: 1892 in Volume XXXI of Breitkopf & Härtel’s Opera omnia Ioannis Petraloysii Praenestini (ed. Franz X. Haberl)

Description: This work is marked as opus dubium in Haberl's 1892 publication, indicating that its attribution to Palestrina is unconfirmed. It was never published in Palestrina's lifetime, but was found in a 17th century choirbook in the Vatican Library.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O doctor optime.