Audi benigne conditor (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2017-09-21)  CPDL #46428:    (MIDI)    
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-09-21).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 126 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum. Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Audi benigne conditor
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SacredMotetOffice hymn for Lent

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1568 in Novi thesauri musici (Pietro Giovannelli), Liber 1, no. 27
    2nd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 233
Description: Two part motet:
1. Audi benigne conditor
2. Multum quidem peccavimus

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Original text and translations

4 verses, including 1-3 of Audi benigne

Latin.png Latin text

Audi benigne conditor
Nostras preces cum fletibus
In hoc sacro jejunio
Fusas quatragenario

Scrutator alme cordium
Infirma tu scis virium
Ad te reversis exhibe
Remissionis gratiam.

Multum quidem peccavimus
Poenasque comparavimus
Sed cuncta qui solus potes
Confer medelam languidis

Sic corpus extra conferi
Dona per abstinentiam
Jejunet ut mens sobria
A labe prorsus criminum.

English.png English translation

Hear, O loving Creator,
our prayers poured forth
with tears in this sacred forty-day fast.

Loving searcher of hearts,
thou knowest the weakess of our powers:
grant us, who have turned back to thee,
the grace of pardon.

Much, indeed, have we sinned,
but spare those who confess:
for the glory of thy name,
grant a remedy to the weak.

Let the body be outwardly humbled through abstinence;
let the mind also fast entirely from falling into sin.
Grant, O blessed Trinity and single Unity,
that the rewards of fasting may be profitable to thy servants.
Translation by St Ann choir