Nato canunt omnia (Antoine Brumel)

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Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2022-01-08).   Score information: A4, 18 pages, 173 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Nato canunt omnia
Composer: Antoine Brumel
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Source: manuscript Capp. Sist. 46. A long and joyful Christmas motet which, as the recording by the Brabant Ensemble has demonstrated, is very fine and benefits from being taken at a spanking pace. Towards the end, numerous falling lines in the top voice are like peals of church bells. Parts of the text are familiar from other sources, but others are not, and taken as a whole, this is very likely a unique text, which would have been difficult to decipher without the guidance provided, again, by the Brabant Ensemble. The middle line is a differently texted, and intermittent, cantus firmus.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Nato canunt omnia
Domino pie agmina
sillatim ta perstringendo organica.

Haec dies sacrata
in qua nova sunt gaudia
mundo plena dedita;

hac nocte praecelsa
intonuit et gloria
in voce angelica.

Joseph fili David
noli timere accipere
Mariam coniugem tuam,
quod enim in ea.

Fulserunt et immania
nocte media pastoribus lumina.

Dum fovent sua pecora
subito diva percipiunt monita.

Magnificatus est rex
pacificus super omnes
reges universae terrae.

Natus alma virgine,
qui extat ante saecula.
Noel noel noel.

Puer natus est nobis
et filius datus est nobis,
nobis cuius imperium

super humerum eius
et vocabitur nomen eius
magni consilii angelus.

Verbum caro factum est
et habitavit in nobis
et vidimus gloriam eius
quasi unigeniti
a Patre plenum
gratiae et veritatis.

Magnum nomen Domini Emanuel
hodie apparuit in Israel

Quod annunciatum est
per Gabriel, per Mariam virginem
et per Joseph.

Eya, virgo Deum genuit
sicut divina voluit clementia.

Pax in terra reddita,
nunc laetentur omnia
natu per exordia.

Exortum est in tenebris
lumen rectis corde:
misericors et miserator
et iustus Dominus.

Ipse sua pietate,
solvat omni.