Absolon, fili mi

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SSAA a cappella
Sacred text in Latin
Difficulty rating (1-5): 3

Premiered by Vox Caelestis Women’s Chorus, directed by Paul Carey


Josquin desPrez/arr. Paul Carey

This is one of desPrez' most famous pieces; the ending in particular contains harmonic progressions totally unexpected for the period.

Complete perusal score available upon request.



Absolon fili mi, quis det ut moriar pro te, fili mi Absolon.
Non vivam ultra, sed descendam in infernum plorans.

Absolon my son, would that I might die for you, my son Absolon.
Let me live no longer, but descend into hell weeping.



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