O quam fulges in aetheris (Jean Mouton)

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  • (Posted 2020-03-20)  CPDL #57611:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2020-03-20).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note values; one or two emendations as indicated in the body of the score. The text is as accurate as I can make it.

General Information

Title: O quam fulges in aetheris
Composer: Jean Mouton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1505 in Motetti liber 4, no. 8
Description: Source: a manuscript copied by Alamire. The notes are very clear, the text less so, unfortunately. I have not been able to identify any other setting of the text, which also clearly does not originate in a plainchant source. Curiously, the work does not appear to have been recorded, although it is of considerable interest. The only performance I am aware of at all was one by my own ensemble in 2013.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O quam fulges in aetheris
Maria mater gratiae quae miseris compateris.
O quam fulges in aetheris.
Fulgorem hunc amplexeris.
Virtute pudiciae coloravit prae caeteris.
O quam fulges in aetheris, mater gratiae.

Et gloriam qua dotare
quis poterit eructare
tuam beatitudinem?

tu per donum singularem
archangelorum ordinem
transcendere et dum nominem
creditur te superare
quis poterit eructare
tuam beatitudinem?

In summitate caelorum
sic radiens stella maris
super choros angelorum
in summitate caelorum
suscipe laudes servorum
quas vocibus canunt claris
eosque precibus caris
fac sequi viam iustorum
in summitate caelorum
sic radiens stella maris.