Friday, 7 September 2012

Sebastián de Vivanco: Quis dabit capiti meo

Quis dabit capiti meo is one of the 24 motets in E-SAc LP 1 that have great differences with their versions in the printed source of 1610.

The printed version has been published twice (I would recommend the Mapa Mundi one) and also recorded (by Capilla Flamenca and Orchestra of the Renaissance). On the contrary, the manuscript version, what is slightly longer than the printed one (75 measures in E-SAc LP 1 vs 64 mm in the 1610 source) had never been published until now and has not been recorded yet.

Scored for five voices (SSATB), Quis dabit capiti meo is one of the most famous works by Vivanco. It is a very expressive motet with some sections of very intense homophony (specially fontem lacrymarum et oculis meis).

The text of this motet is based on the Book of Jeremiah, chapter 9. 

Quis dabit capiti meo aquam 
et oculis meis fontem lacrymarum 
et plorabo die ac nocte, 
quia frater propinquis supplantavit me 
et omnis amicus fraudulenter incessit.

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