Festa Januaria (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2013-04-22)  CPDL #28827:         
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2013-04-22).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Includes second verse written by Christopher Page, of Gothic Voices.

General Information

Title: Festa Januaria
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SacredUnknown

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: A 13th century conductus, possibly French in origin.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Festa januaria
festiva sunt festorum,
vera figuralia
insignia signorum.
Hec luminum oblatio,
hec est illuminatio
qua patet declaratio
rataque rerum ratio.

[Sillabatim neumata
proinde perstringamus
pariter organica;
ornate predicamus
quod reseratur janua
et complanantur ardua.
Cantemus nunc melliflua
per festa januaria!]

[second verse written by Christopher Page]

English.png English translation

The feasts of January
are the festivities of all feasts,
true symbols
and the most significant of signs.
This offering of lights
is an illumination
in which there is a declaration
and a true understanding of things.

[Let us therefore join musical
phrases together, syllable by syllable,
all of them equally polyphonic;
we proclaim in an ornamented fashion
that the door is unbarred and that
the steep places have been levelled.
Let us therefore sing honeyed things
throughout the feasts of January!]