Prothomartyr et Livita (Giovanni Matteo Asola)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-07)  CPDL #56565:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2020-01-07).   Score information: A4, 38 pages, 308 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatoric edition. Cleffing modern but note-values and keys as in original. Ficta added. Full score and separate scores for each choir and parts are included.

General Information

Title: Prothomartyr et Livita
Composer: Giovanni Matteo Asola
Lyricist: Adam of St. Victorcreate page

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB

Genre: SacredMotetSequence hymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1600
Description: A two choir setting of a compilation of lines from a Sequence for the feast of St. Stephanos protomartyr and Deacon (26 Dec): Heri mundus exultavit. The text of the sequence is commonly ascribed to Adam of St. Victor. Asola's setting uses lines: 7-9, 28-30, 34-36, 46-48, 43-45 and 60-63 of the sequence.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Prothomartyr et Levita,
 Clarus fide, clarus vita
 clarus et miraculis, (St. 7 - 9)

 Nomen habens coronati
 Te tormenta decet pati
 Pro corona gloriæ (St. 28-30)

 Tibi fiet mors natalis
 Tibi pena terminalis
 Dat vitæ primordiæ (St. 34-36)

 Tibi celos referari
 Tibi Christum revelari
 Clama voce libera (St.46-48)

 En a dextris Dei stantem.
 Iesum pro te dimicantem
 Stephane considera, (St.43-45)

 Quia Christo obedivit
 Et cum Christo semper vivit
 Martyrum primitiæ, (St.60-63)

English.png English translation

 Prothomartyr and Levite
 Brightnes of Faith, Brightnes of life,
 shining and miraculouse (St. 7 - 9)

 You who have the name of crowned.
 You who suffered torments
 to recieve The crown (St. 28-30)

 You whos Death became your birth
 You for whom deadly pain
 brought the dawn of life (St. 34-36)

 You who saw the heavens open
 and Christ revealed
 Crying with a free voice (St.46-48)

 You who stands at the righthand of God
 With Jesus speacing for you
 Steven consider (St.43-45)

 You who obeyed Christ
 You who live forever with Christ
 Fristfruit of martyr. (St.60-63)