Musica diligitur (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-10)  CPDL #59181:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2020-06-10).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third.

General Information

Title: Musica diligitur
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1556 in Sacrarum cantionum … quinque et sex vocum, liber 5 (Waelrant & Laet), no. 8
Description: A work in motet style in praise of music, published by Waelrant.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Musica diligitur: nam si quis spreverit illam,
    Ostia conclavis tunc sibi clausa manent.
Nonne olim veteres cecinerunt atque poetae?
    Cantabant cytharis ut sequeremur eos.
Ergo noscetis modulamina quod studiosos
    Prorsus delectant ac simul ingenia.

English.png English translation

Music is loved.
To anyone who has spurned it, the doors of its chamber remain closed.
Did not men of yore and poets once sing?
They sang with lyres so that we might succeed them.
Thus will you know that melodies utterly delight both their students and their inventors.
(With thanks to Alasdair Grant.)