O socii (Cipriano de Rore)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-06-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1566 print with corrections. Altus and Quintus in transposed violin clef.

General Information

Title: O socii
Composer: Cipriano de Rore
Lyricist: Virgil

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in Il quinto libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Edition 1, no. 17

Description: Dedicated to Cardinal Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle. The Quintus sings Granvelle's motto: Durate as a cantus firmus. The three note motif is derived from the text: Durate -> u,a,e -> ut, fa, re. This is sung in an ascending scale: G, A, B, C.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O socii, neque enim ignari sumus ante malorum,
o passi graviora, dabit deus his quoque finem.
Vos et Scylleam rabiem penitusque sonantes
accestis scopulos, vos et Cyclopia saxa
experti, revocate animos moestumque timorem
mittite, forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit.

Per varios casus, per tot discrimina rerum
tendimus in Latium, sedes ubi fata quietas
ostendunt; illic fas regna resurgere Trojae.
Durate et vosmet rebus servate secundis.
(Aeneis, I, 198-207)

Cantus firmus:
Durate.