Laetabitur deserta et invia (Alvise Balbi)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Laetabitur deserta et invia
Composer: Alvise Balbi
Source of text: Isaiah ch.35, v. 1,2

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1606 in Ecclesiastici Concentus, no. 62
    2nd published: 1613 in Promptuarium musicum, Pars Tertia, no. 111
Description: Setting for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Laetabitur deserta et invia et exultabit
solitudo et florebit quasi lilium.
Germinans germinabit, et exultabit laetabunda et laudans:
gloria Libani data est ei,
decor Carmeli et Saron,
ipsi videbunt gloriam Domini,
et decorem Dei nostri.

English.png English translation

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them:
and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.
It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing:
the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it,
the excellency of Carmel and Sharon,
they shall see the glory of the Lord,
and the excellency of our God.