Per lignum (Antonius Divitis)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-08)  CPDL #51743:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2018-11-08).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 663 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the Medici Codex of 1518, a choirbook of motets dedicated to Lorenzo de'Medici, Duke of Urbino. Present edition is based on Monuments of Renaissance Music, ed. Edward E. Lowinsky, Vols. III-V, University of Chicago Press, 1968. Time values are half the original and we have raised it a fourth. Text underlay by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 1 Sep 2017

General Information

Title: Per lignum
Composer: Antonius Divitis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1518 in the Medici Codex
First published: 1521 in Mottetorum liber secundus (Antico?), no. 15
Description: Antiphon for Good Friday. Tenor and second soprano sing the underlying chant in canon.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Per lígnum sálvi fácti súmus
et per sánctam crúcem
liberáti sumus;
frúctus árboris sedúxit nos,
Fílius Déi redémit nos.

English.png English translation

Through wood we have been saved
and through the holy cross
we have been freed;
the fruit of the tree seduced us,
the Son of God redeemed us.