Quem dicunt homines (Nicolas Gombert)

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Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2016-07-14).   Score information: Letter, 19 pages, 1.73 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Das Chorwerk, Heft 94. Notation here is at the original pitch with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 18 Mar 2016

General Information

Title: Quem dicunt homines
Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Lyricist: Matthew 16:13-18, John 21:15, John 13:37, Luke 22:32create page

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Sacrarum cantionum … quinque et sex vocum, liber 3, no. 12
  2nd published: 1558 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 1, no. 23

Description: Parts of conversations between Jesus and Peter.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Quem dícunt hómines ésse Fílium hóminis?
Respóndens Pétrus díxit éi:
Tu es Chrístus, fílius Déi vívi.
Et áit ílli Jésus:
Beátus es, Símon Bar Jóna:
quía cáro et sánguis non revelávit tíbi,
sed Páter méus, qui est in caélis.
Et égo díco tíbi,
quía tu es Pétrus, et súper hanc pétram
aedificábo ecclésiam méam.

Pétre, díligis me?
Qui respóndens áit:
Tu scis, Dómine, quía ámo te,
et ánimam méam póno pro te.
Et áit Jésus: Pásce óves méas.
Ego énim pro te rogávi,
ut non defíciat fídes túa:
et tu aliquándo convérsus
confírma frátres túos.

English.png English translation

Who do people say the Son of man is?
Responding, Peter said to him:
You are the Christ, son of the living God.
And Jesus said to him:
You are blessed, Simon Bar Jona,
for flesh and blood have not revealed to you,
but my Father, who is in heaven.
And I say to you,
that your name is Rock, and on this rock
I will build my church.

Peter, do you esteem me highly?
Responding, he said:
You know, Lord, that I love you,
and I lay down my life for you.
And Jesus said: Feed my sheep.
For I have prayed for you,
that your faith may not fail:
and when you have turned again,
strengthen your brethren.