Passibus ambiguis (Greiter, Matthias)

Sheet Music

Scores and Parts

Pars prior: Passibus ambiguis

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Agarvin (2016/2/28)

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Editor Allen Garvin
Publisher. Info. Dallas: Hawthorne Early Music, 2016.
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General Information

Work Title Passibus ambiguis
Alternative. Title Fortuna desperata
Composer Greiter, Matthias
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IMG 1
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 movements
First Publication. 1553 in Gregor Faber's Musices practiae erotematum
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation 4 instruments (SATB); see below, Comments

Navigation etc.

  • This very unusual piece is centered on the 6-note start of the famous chanson Fortuna Desperata, played as a cantus firmus by the tenor, and cycles through the circle of fifths, starting in F major in the first part, and ending up in F-flat major in the second.
  • RISM lists it as for 4 voices. Tagged as such.