The Latin word “quattuor”
Date: December 30, 2014
Quattuor means ‘four’. I set it in a motet recently: et quattuor animalium (and the four living creatures- Revelation 7:11).
My friend is a Latin lecturer and says that in this case uo is a diphthong, different from the uo in tuorum, where the u and o are in different parts of the word (tu = you, orum = genitive plural ending). So it may be like au or eu in this guide to pronounciation from the Liber Usualis:
Does anyone knows of a musical setting of the word quattuor? Should I give it two or three notes? The antiphon using this verse in the Liber Usualis (p. 1729) unhelpfully skips mentioning the elders and living creatures.
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