O mysterium inefabile (Jean Baptiste François Lallouette)

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  • (Posted 2023-03-01)  CPDL #72878:       
Editor: William Evans (submitted 2023-03-01).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 419 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged for SATB with organ accompaniment, may also be sung unaccompanied. Another option could be for soprano solo bars 1-13 with ATB humming harmonies then joining with words at bar 14.
  • (Posted 2023-03-01)  CPDL #72876:       
Editor: William Evans (submitted 2023-03-01).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 261 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Soprano solo transcribed and arranged from Lallouette, Jean-François (1651-1728). Compositeur. Motets a I. II. et III. voix avec la basse-continüe, composés par Mr Lallouette, Maitre de Musique et Beneficier de Notre Dame de Paris. Livre premier. 1726. My thanks to the Bibliothèque nationale de France for providing this online.
The original symbol + denotes tremblement and has been transcribed using a trill symbol.
For contemporary performance practice information on ornamentation see: Loulié, Étienne (1654–1702). Elements ou Principes de musique, mis dans un nouvel ordre. Paris: Christophe Ballard, 1696. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k15178937

General Information

Title: O mysterium inefabile
Composer: Jean Baptiste François Lallouette
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1726

Communion motet for solo voice and basso continuo

External websites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlae7Mjcij4 Youtube recording, performed by Oliver Lepage-Dean.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O mysterium inefabile,
O caritatis sacramentum admirabile,
O bonitatis prodigium,
O pietatis miraculum.

Hic est panis vita vitæ,
Hic est cibus animæ.

Ibi caro confert semen gratiæ,
Ibi sanguis donat pignus gloriæ.

O amor, O pietas,
O epularum jucunditas,
O convivarum felicitas.

English.png English text

O ineffable mystery,
O wonderful sacrament of charity,
O wonder of goodness,
O miracle of mercy.

Here is the bread of life
Here is food for the soul.

There the flesh contributes the seed of grace,
There the blood gives a pledge of glory.

O love, O mercy,
O the delight of feasts,
O the happiness of the guests.