Enríquez de Valderrábano

Cum invocarem [Verdelot]


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 31


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Source title Primero grado.
Title in contents   Motete Cum invocarem en el primero grado. Verdelot.
Text incipit Cum inuocarem


Category intabulation

Genre motet

Fantasia type

Mode 6

Voices 4

Length (compases) 29


Tuning A

Courses 6

Final VI/0

Highest I/3

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty easy

Tempo not specified

Song Text

Language LA

Vocal notation texted


Intabulation of a four-voice motet attributed by Valderrábano to Verdelot, but not extant in any other known source. The text is a setting of Psalm 4:2 and the setting recalls a psalm recitation verse in mode 6, but with the tenor voice sung, not the cantus firmus with the customary chant recitation formula. The accompanying voices are in the style of a homophonic intonation, or fabordon setting. The same setting was included by Venegas de Henestrosa, transposed down a fifth (1557, nº 93. Anglés p. 137) with the title “Completas de Cuaresma Salmo I. Cum Invocarem.

Song Text

Cum invocarem exaudivit me Deus iustitiae michi
In tribulatione dilatasti michi

When I called upon him, the God of my justice heard me:
when I was in distress, thou hast enlarged me.

Modern edition(s)

Anglés, Higinio. La música en la corte de Carlos V, con la transcripción del libro de cifra nueva para tecla, harpa y vihuela de Luis Venegas de Henestrosa (Alcalá de Henares, 1557), second revised edition, 2 vols. Barcelona: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Monumentos de la Música Española 2, 1965.

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