Rorate coeli (Annunciation) (Heinrich Isaac)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52229:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 386 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Isaac's Choralis Constantinus, Book III, ed. Louise Cuyler, 1950. Notation here is a tone higher than original with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and editorial accidentals by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 21 Nov 2018

General Information

Title: Rorate coeli desuper (also set by Isaac for Advent IV in CC Book 2.)
Composer: Heinrich Isaac

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotetIntroit

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Choralis Constantinus, Volume 3
Description: Isaac: In Festo Annuntiationis B. Mariae V.; Liber Usualis: The Fourth Sunday of Advent.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Roráte coéli désuper,
et núbes plúant jústum:
aperiátur térra
et gérminet Salvatórem.(Is. 45:8)

Coéli enárrant glóriam Déi
et ópera mánuum éjus
annúntiat firmaméntum.(Ps. 18:2)

Gloria Patri

English.png English translation

Drop dew, heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain justice:
let the earth be opened
and produce a Savior.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the works of his hand
the sky proclaims.

English.png English translation

Drop down dew, heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain the just one;
let the earth be opened,
and bud forth a Savior.

Ps. The heavens show forth the glory of God,
and the firmament declares the work of his hands.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
now, and forever,
and unto the ages of ages.
Amen. Drop down dew . . .
Translation by St Ann choir