O mors inevitabilis (Hieronymus Vinders)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-26)  CPDL #65586:       
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General Information

Title: O Mors Inevitabilis - Epithaphium Josquini
Composer: Hieronymus Vinders

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SATTTBB
Genre: SecularMotetLament

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Septiesme livre contenant vingt-quatre chansons a cinq et six parties, no. 25
    2nd published: 1564 in Thesaurus Musicus (1564), Volume 2, no. 12
Description: Elegy for Josquin

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O mors inevitabilis, mors amara, mors crudelis,
Josquin des Prez dum necasti, illum nobis abstulisti
qui suam per harmoniam illustravit ecclesiam.
Propterea tu musice, dic, requiescat in pace.

Cantus firmus: Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.

English.png English translation

O ineluctable death, bitter death, cruel death,
when you killed Josquin Desprez, you took from us a man
who, through his music, adorned the church.
And therefore, O musician, say: May he rest in peace.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank
German.png German translation

O unentrinnbarer Tod, bitterer Tod, grausamer Tod.
Indem du Josquin des Prez dahingerafft, hast du uns beraubt um den,
Der durch seine Harmonie die Kirche erleuchtet hat.
Deshalb, du Musiker, sprich: "Er möge ruhen in Frieden".