Jesu Christe, auctor vitae (Heinrich Finck)

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  • (Posted 2024-04-02)  CPDL #79888:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2024-04-02).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatic edition. A Gregorian chant melody version is included for comparison.
  • (Posted 2010-09-07)  CPDL #22274:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2010-09-07).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Das Chorwerk 9, ed. Rudolf Gerber, Berlin, 1931. Notation here is a fourth higher than original. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers.

General Information

Title: Jesu Christe, auctor vitae
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. 84
    2nd published: 1930 in Das Chorwerk, no. 9.5
Description: For Mary Magdalene (July 22)

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Jesu Christe, auctor vitae,
Qui in tuo sanguine
Peccatum lavisti Adae:
Mariae Magadalenae
Tribuisti salutarem
Fructum poenitentiae.

English.png English translation

Jesus Christ, creator of life,
who in your blood
have washed away the sin of Adam:
upon Mary Magdalene
you have bestowed health,
the fruit of repentance.