In jejunio et fletu (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2022-01-25)  CPDL #67745:  Transposed up a fourth for STTBarB to compensate for the low clef combination:    
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Edition notes: Edited from the Byrd/Tallis Cantiones Sacrae of 1575. Original note values retained.
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Edition notes: Transposed up a major 6th for SAATB. Revised version of both editions Feb 2011, correcting error (Tenor bar 67 - thanks to Daniel Rollison for pointing this out).

General Information

Title: In jejunio et fletu or In ieiunio et fletu
Composer: Thomas Tallis
Source of text: Joel 2:12, 17; First Sunday of Lent, Matins Responsory

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBarB, SAATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 26

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

In jejunio et fletu orabant sacerdotes:
Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo, et ne des hereditatem tuam in perditionem.
Inter vestibulum et altare plorabant sacerdotes, dicentes: Parce populo tuo.

English.png English translation

In fasting and weeping the priests prayed:
Spare, O Lord, spare thy people, and give not thine inheritance to perdition.
Between the porch and the altar the priests wept, saying: Spare thy people.

Translation by St Ann Choir