Magi ab oriente (Peter Philips)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-03-10).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Magi ab oriente
Composer: Peter Philips

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1609 in Hortus musicalis...authore R.P. Michaele Herrerrio, Munich, Book 2, no. 31
Description: This work is a contrafact of 'Poi che voi non volete' (1596).

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Magi ab oriente alta tecta intrarunt Solymorum.
Ubi natus est Judæorum princeps
cuius agnovimus stellam præclaram?
thus et aurum offeremus ei.

English.png English translation

The magi from the east entered lofty-roofed Jerusalem.
Where is the Prince of the Jews born,
whose bright star we have recognised?
that we may present him with frankincense and gold.

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)