Illuxit nunc sacra dies (Cipriano de Rore)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-12)  CPDL #52890: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2019-01-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Mus. ms. 1. Original note values.

General Information

Title: Illuxit nunc sacra dies
Composer: Cipriano de Rore

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1549 in Primo libro de motetti a cinque voci, (Scotto, Venice), no. 12
    2nd published: 1549 in Il terzo libro de motetti a cinque voci, no. 14
    Manuscript 1559 in 26 Motets, no. 10
Description: A motet celebrating Christmas.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Illuxit nunc sacra dies celebranda per orbem.
 Nascitur omniparens qua puer atque salus.
Aurum, thus, myrrham nunc acceptabile tempus
 magnanimi heroes cui sua dona dabunt.
Inde redundabit famulis haec gratia nobis,
 psallamus tandem cantica grata duci.