Audite insulae (Adrian Willaert)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-14)  CPDL #52622:    (MIDI)    
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-12-14).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1559 print. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values.

General Information

Title: Audite insulae
Composer: Adrian Willaert

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet for Advent II

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1559 in Musica nova, no. 1.16
Description: See also Balbi's setting.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Audite insulae
et attendite populi de longe:
Dominus ab utero vocavit me,
de ventre matris meae
recordatus est nominis mei.

Et posuit os meum quasi gladium acutum
et in umbra manus suae protexit me et dixit mihi:
Dedi te in lucem gentium
ut sis salvus mea usque ad extremum terrae.

English.png English translation

Give ear, ye islands,
and hearken, ye people from afar.
The Lord hath called me from the womb,
from the bowels of my mother
he hath been mindful of my name.

And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword:
in the shadow of his hand he hath protected me[…] And he said:
[…]I have given thee to be the light of the Gentiles,
that thou mayst be my salvation even to the farthest part of the earth.
(Isa. 49:1-2a,6b, Douay 1610)