Michael archangele (Claudin de Sermisy)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-24)  CPDL #50965:       
Editor: David Millard (submitted 2018-08-24).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This edition corrects a number of errors in the original 1529 print that create a misalignment of the parts and make nonsense of the counterpoint. Original note values; no transposition.
  • (Posted 2014-08-22)  CPDL #32755:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2014-08-22).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Michael archangele
Composer: Claudin de Sermisy

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: STTB or SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1529 in XII motetz musicaulx a quatre et cinq voix (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 4
    2nd published: 1538 in Symphoniae iucundae atque adeo breves (Georg Rhau), no. 15
    3rd published: 1542 in Nova et prima motettorum editio liber primus, no. 21
Description: A 4 part motet. Antiphon for certain of the psalms in the second Nocturn of Mattins for the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Michael archangele, veni in adiutorium populo dei.
Gloriosus enim apparuisti in conspectu domini.
Propterea decorem induit te deus,
veni in adiutorium populo dei.

English.png English translation

Michael the Archangel, come to aid the people of God:
glorious indeed have you appeared in the sight of the Lord,
therefore, God has decked you with adornments.

NB. The correct text for the third line reads: propterea decorem induit te Dominus. The text appears in that form in a 1542 printing of this motet.