Heu quantus dolor (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2013-06-23)  CPDL #29493:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2013-06-23).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum, 1604. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Heu quantus dolor
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1562 in Sacrae cantiones quinque vocum, no. 6
    2nd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 303
Description: The piece is in the style of a motet, it was also published as part of a motet collection, though it has secular Latin text in distichon form.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Heu quantus dolor et turbatis anxia cura
 mentibus est tacitas, occuluisse faces,
mors optanda magis quod si sua funera passis,
 nullus ab occulto restat amore dolor.

English.png English translation

Alas, how great the pain and how many the distressing hardships
for troubled minds to have concealed torches of love unspoken!
Death is more to be hoped for since for those who have suffered their own demise
no pain from secret love remains.