Jubilate Deo (Pierre de Manchicourt)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-03)  CPDL #55792:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-10-31).   Score information: A4, 18 pages, 375 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Transposed one tone higher (for SSATTB), otherwise identical to CPDL #54631 below. Revised edition uploaded 26 March 2022.
  • (Posted 2019-06-27)  CPDL #54631:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-06-27).   Score information: A4, 18 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: At original notated pitch (for SSATBB or SSTTBB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from the original manuscript. Revised edition uploaded 26 March 2022.
This edition resolves a significant transcription error, compounded by a poorly conceived correction, in the ‘Opera Omnia’ (Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae 55, vol. 6, no.13) — resulting in parallel octaves between Superius Primus and Bassus at mm.8–9 — that has been perpetuated in at least two commercial recordings of this work.

General Information

Title: Jubilate Deo adjutori meo (2.p. Si dormiero iterum surrecturus sum)
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt
Source of text: adapted from Psalms 80:2, 91:11, 70:18 & 141:6 (Vulgate) and Job 19:25–26

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSATTB, SSATBB or SSTTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c.1560 in Liber quatuor missarum musicalium nec non aliquot carminum ecclesiasticorum Petre de Manchicourt… (Montserrat, Biblioteca del Monestir, MS 772), no. 6

Description: A non-liturgical motet, drawn from multiple biblical texts, suitable for any celebratory occasion. It survives only in a manuscript held in the library of the Benedictine monastery in Montserrat, dating from the composer's tenure as maestro de capilla flamenca in the Royal Court of King Phillip II in Madrid.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Jubiláte Deo adjutóri meo,
 et psalmum dícite illi,
quia exaltávit cornu meum et senectútem meam in misericórdia úberi,
 et usque in senéctam et sénium non dereliquísti me.

Si dormiéro íterum surrectúrus sum,
 et in carne mea vidébo Deum meum,
et hæc est spes mea,
 ut pórtio mea sit in terra vivéntium.

English.png English translation

Make a cheerful noise unto God my helper,
 and sing a psalm unto Him,
For He has exalted my strength and my old age with abundant mercy;
 even into [my] old age and decline [Thou] hast not abandoned me.

If I should sleep, I shall again be raised,
 and in my flesh I shall see God;
and this is my hope:
 that my portion may be in the land of the living.