M065 Quem vidistis pastores

Standardised text incipit: 
Quem vidistis pastores
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"Loyset" (I-Mfd 1, index; as part of C17)
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 1, ff. 177v-178r
Number of voices: 
4
Mensuration: 
Length: 
43
Signature: 
b
Clefs: 
c1c3c4f4
Final: 
G
Music incipit: 
ggfgabac
dcbadcde
ggdbcdca
gdgfbfgd
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

This motet possibly quotes pre-existing material, but it can not be linked to any Cantus prius factus with a corresponding text.

Modern editions: 
CMM 15.2; AMMM 13, 66-69
Discography: 

Loyset Compère: Mass, Motets, Songs, Orlando Consort, Metronome 1002

Further notes: 

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Quem vidistis pastores
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Christmas
Full text: 

Quem vidistis pastores? Dicite, annuntiate nobis. Quis apparuit in terris? In choro angelorum natum vidimus salvatorem dominum quem genuit puerpera cui nomen aeternum et gaudia matris habens cum virginitatis honore. Nec primam similem visa est nec habere sequentem.

English translation: 

Whom did you see, shepherds? Say, tell us. Who has appeared on earth? We saw the son in the choir of angels, Saviour and Lord. He who the mother gave birth to, who, having the eternal name and joys of a mother, yet is seen with the honour of virginity, having none like her before, nor any following.

 

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Quem ... dominum ≈ Responsory at Matins for Christmas, Cantus ID 007470
Quem vidistis pastores dicite annuntiate nobis in terris quis apparuit natum vidimus in choro angelorum salvatorem dominum.

genuit ... sequentem ≈ Antiphon at Lauds for Christmas, Cantus ID 002938
Genuit puerpera regem cui nomen aeternum et gaudium matris habens cum virginitate pudoris nec primam similem visa est nec habere sequentem alleluia.

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

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Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
I-Mfd 1
177v-178r
Quem vidistis pastores
ID: M065
Loyset (index; as part of C17)
Compère, Loyset
loco Agnus C17 Hodie nobis de virgine
T065 Quem vidistis pastores