Miserere Mei, Deus

Composed by Gregorio Allegri
Edited by James Rodde
Voicing: TTBB
Instrumentation: a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 0611
Price: $1.70

MISERERE MEI, DEUS

Miserere mei, Deus, secundum     Have mercy on me, O God, according to your
magnam misericordiam tuam       great loving kindness.

Amplius lava me ab iniquitate>    Thoroughly wash me from my iniquity and
mea, et a peccato meo munda>     cleanse me from my sin.
me.

Tibi soli peccavi et malum>     Against you only have I sinned, and done evil
coram te feci, ut justificeris in>     in your sight, so that you are justified in your
sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum>     sentence and blameless in your judgment.
judicaris.

Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti:>     Behold, you desire truth in the inward being,
incerta et occulta sapientiae>     therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
tuae manifestasti mihi.

Psalm 51:1a, 2, 4, 6

Sources: Allegri - Miserere Mei, Deus. Choral Public Domain Library.
Allegri - Miserere Mei, Deus. London: Chester Music, 1990.

ARRANGER'S COMMENTS

All dynamic, tempo, and articulation marks are the suggestions of the arranger.

This TTBB version represents only a portion of the original nine-voice motet for mixed voices. I have taken the liberty of assigning the rhythmic values to the text in measures 27, 31-32, 40, and 46, all of which were originally notated with a double whole note. Conductors may feel free to generate their own interpretations of these syllabic values.

Rhythmic accuracy, a sustained quality of singing, and the expressive treatment of dissonances will be vital to an enriching performance.

James Rodde

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