Hymnum cantate nobis (Tiburtio Massaino)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-30)  CPDL #59437:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-06-30).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Edition prepared from Sacri modulorum Concentus (no reconstruction required)and offered at original pitch for SATB.SATB or transposed down a fourth for the same forces.
  • (Posted 2019-08-16)  CPDL #55063:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2019-08-16).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 628 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The Bassus I partbook unfortunately is missing. I have reconstructed the Bassus I using the Basis Generalis.

General Information

Title: Hymnum cantate nobis
Composer: Tiburtio Massaino
Lyricist: Psalm 137, vv. 1-4 (adapted)

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1603 in Florilegium selectissimarum cantionum, no. 39
    2nd published: 1606 in Sacri modulorum Concentus, op. 31, no. 12
    3rd published: 1618 in Florilegium Portense, Volume 1, no. 39
Description: Antiphon for Septuagesima.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Hymnum cantate nobis de canticis Syon. Alleluia.
Quomodo cantabimus canticum Domini in terra aliena. Alleluia.
Septuaginta annis super flumina Babilonis sedimus et flevimus
dum recordaremur Syon ibi suspendimus organa nostra. Alleluia.

English.png English translation

Sing us one of the songs of Sion. Alleluia.
How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? Alleluia.
For seventy years, we sat down and wept by the waters of Babylon,
When we remembered thee, O Sion, where we hanged up our harps. Alleluia.