Friday, August 24, 2007

In pace in idipsum

Every so often, you hear a piece of music and become obsessed by it and search and search until you find out more, maybe even getting the sheet music. This happens to everyone. Ok, it happens to me more than it happens to most people. In any case, this is what happened to me on Thomas Tallis In Pace in idipsum. It is nothing short of amazing. I could hear it 10,000 times.

The problem was that the file on CPDL was damaged. The library archives didn't have it. A friend on the Gregorian list sent me an ancient copy but it was not usable for moderns, and I had another friend do a Finale version, and then I did the neumes and stuck them in using Photoshop and so on and so on. The result result is that we now have the piece!

I hate to link a Midi because they are so dreadful, but here is one.

The words in Latin:

In pace, in idipsum, dormiam et requiescam.
Si dedero somnum oculis meis,
et palpebris meis dormitationem,
dormiam et requiescam.
Gloria Patri etc.


In peace, in true peace I shall sleep and rest.
If I give slumber to my eyes
and to my eyelids drowsiness,
I shall sleep and rest.
Glory to the Father, etc.

Not for morning Mass!

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