Dialogue - Gloria in altissimis (Chiara Margarita Cozzolani)

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  • (Posted 2016-07-24)  CPDL #40511:        (Finale 2014)
Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2016-07-24).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 189 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Continuo part appended.

General Information

Title: Dialogo - Gloria in altissimis
Composer: Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAT
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1650 in Salmi a Otto Voci concertati (Venice)
Description: Christmas eve dialogue for 2 angels & 2 shepherds

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Gloria in altissimis Deo,
et in terra pax
hominibus bonæ voluntatis.
Agite pastores expergiscimini
accurrite, videte, adorate.
 Quae nova lux?
 quis nuncius alacer?
Ecce vobis gaudium magnum,
ecce cælo labitur Deus nascitur Deus,
ecce splendor Patris,
ecce candor lucis æternæ
terras irradiat homines visitat.
O beata nox, o lucidæ tenebræ,
o dulce, o canorum noctis silentium.
Vobis edicitur Virginis partus,
verbi nativitas, vobis indicitur jubilus mentis
cordis jocunditus
aurea pax, serenitas, tranquillitas, gloria.
O felices nos, o dicite cives cælici:
ostendite verbum quod factum est,
referate misterium, revelate miraculum.
Agite ergo, agite pastores
expergiscimini accurrite, videte, adorate.

English.png English translation

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace on earth
to men of good will.
Come, shepherds! Awake yourselves,
hurry, behold, adore!
What new light, [what happy voice is this,]
who is this joyous messenger?
Behold a great joy for you:
behold, God arrives from heaven, and is born;
behold the splendor of the father,
behold the brightness of eternal light
illuminates the earth, and dwells among men.
O blessed night, O bright shadows,
O sweet, melodious silence of the night.
The virgin’s son is given to you, the nativity of the word;
to you is given the joy of the soul,
the happiness of the heart,
golden peace, serenity, tranquillity, glory.
O happy we! O tell us, heavenly citizens,
show us the word that has been made,
unveil the mystery, reveal to us the miracle.
So come, shepherds, come!
Awaken, hurry, come, adore!