Quem pastores laudavere a 11 (Michael Praetorius)

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Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2012-01-01).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Full score.
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Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2012-01-01).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 41 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Capella fidicinia score.
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Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2012-01-01).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Choral parts score.


Original pitch. Originally notated in breves and whole notes, I have reduced the notation to half notes and quarter notes.
Three separate scores (and accompanying MIDI files) are provided: one full score, one score for the capella fidicinia parts, and one score combining both vocal choirs.

General Information

Title: Quem pastores laudavere
Composer: Michael Praetorius

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSSS.ATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Mixed ensemble
Published: 1621

Description: Michael Praetorius sets the medieval Christmas hymn "Quem pastores laudavere" for three choirs (a capella puerorum: four treble parts; a capella adultorum: Alto Tenor Bass; and a separate four-part instrumental capella fidicinia) and continuo.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quem pastores laudavere,
Quibus angeli dixere:
Absit vobis iam timere,
Natus est Rex gloriae.
Nunc angelorum gloria hominibus
Resplendulit in mundo,
Novi partus gaudia virgo Mater produxit,
Et Sol verus in tenebris illuxit.
Christus natus hodie ex virgine,
Sine virili semine est natus Rex.

Ad quem magi ambulabant,
Aurum, thus, myrrham portabant,
Immolabant haec sincere
Leoni victoriae.
Culpae datur hodie remissio
Laetentur homo reus.
Lux de caelo claruit pace iam reparata.
Et genitrix permansit illibata.
Christus natus hodie ex virgine,
Sine virili semine est natus Rex.

Exultemus cum Maria
In coelesti Hierarchia,
Natum premant voce pia,
Dulci cum melodia.
Magnum est nomen Domini, Immanuel
Quod est nobiscum Deus;
Redemptori Domino, redempti iubilemus,
Hic est dies et annus iubilaeus;
Pueri concinite et psallite,
Voce pia dicite et plaudite.

Christo Regi Deo nato,
Per Mariam nobis dato,
Merito resonet vere
Laus, honor et gloria.
Pastores palam dicite in Bethlehem
Quem genuit Maria:
Laus, honor et gloria, sit Deo in excelsis,
Hominibus pax bonae voluntatis,
Sion lauda Dominum cum plausibus,
Salvatorem hominum in secula.