Novum sidus emicuit (Heinrich Finck)

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  • (Posted 2024-03-08)  CPDL #79448:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2024-03-08).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatic edition. Original key and note-values. Text and text-underlay follows those of the source. Modern clefs, ficta added. A Gregorian melody variant is included for comparison.
  • (Posted 2010-09-07)  CPDL #22275:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2010-09-07).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Das Chorwerk 9, ed. Rudolf Gerber, Berlin, 1931. Notation here is a major third higher than original. To ease SATB performance we have exchanged alto and tenor from the last quarter of bar 28 through bar 30. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers.

General Information

Title: Novum sidus emicuit
Composer: Heinrich Finck

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredLiturgical music

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1542 in Sacrorum hymnorum liber primus (Georg Rhau), no. 107
    2nd published: 1930 in Das Chorwerk, no. 9.6
Description: First verse of an office hymn for St. Elisabeth of Hungary, also known as Elisabeth of Thüringen, a 13-century saint and member of the Franciscan tertiaries.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Novum sidus emicuit,
Error vetus conticuit:
Novo splendore rutilans,
Plebs novas laudes jubilant.

Verses not in Finck's setting:

[In cuius nunc preconia
  lignam solvat ecclesia
  nove preconis gloriam
  promat sperando veniam.

Dies solempnis agitur
  dies salutis colitur
  in qua spes que promititur
  hac ad testante redditur.

Ergo tu dei famula
  Elizabeth per secula
  Xristo conregnans veniam
  nobis poscas et graciam.

Deo patri sit glo...]

English.png English translation

A new star has emerged,
An old error has fallen silent:
Shining with a new splendour,
A people shouts new praises.