Stabat Mater dolorosa (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-15)  CPDL #45437:       
Editor: Nacho Rodríguez (submitted 2017-07-15).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 215 kB   Copyright: Creative Commons
Edition notes: Josquin's Stabat Mater transcribed from Ottaviano Petrucci's Motetti de la corona, Libro tertio. Original values, mensurstriche no transposition, modern clefs, Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativeWorks
  • (Posted 2013-11-10)  CPDL #30529:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2013-11-10).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 583 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: A Josquin Anthology, ed. Ross W. Duffin, Oxford, 1999. Notation here is a tone higher than original with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 25 Mar 2010.
  • (Posted 2009-02-10)  CPDL #18897:   
Editor: Earpile de Arsle (submitted 2009-02-10).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 328 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key, with C clefs
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General Information

Title: Stabat mater dolorosa
Composer: Josquin des Prez

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1498 in Chigi codex, no. 27
First published: 1519 in Motetti de la corona, Volume 3, no. 6
    2nd published: 1520 in Liber selectarum cantionum (Grimm & Wirsung), no. 13, p. 157
    Manuscript 1536 in Cappella Giulia MS XII.4, no. 34
    3rd published: 1538 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider), Volume 2, no. 10
    4th published: 1553 in Liber primus collectorum modulorum (Du Chemin & Goudimel), no. 5
    5th published: 1559 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 2, no. 1
Description: Sequence for the Compassion of the Virgin, and other feasts. Mary watches her son dying on the cross. The Cantus Firmus in taken from a Binchois chanson named 'Comme femme desconforte'.

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Original text and translations

for other translations see vv. 1-10, 15-20 of Stabat Mater.
Latin.png Latin text

Stabat Mater dolorosa
 Juxta crucem lacrymosa,
 Dum pendebat Filius,
Cujus animam gementem,
 Contristantem et dolentem
 Pertransivit gladius.
0 quam tristis et afflicta
 Fuit illa benedicta
 Mater Unigeniti.
Quae maerebat et dolebat,
 Et tremebat, dum videbat
 Nati poenas inclyti.
Quis est homo qui non fleret,
 Christi Matrem si videret
 In tanto supplicio?
Quis non posset contristari,
 Piam Matrem contemplari
 Dolentem cum filio?
Pro peccatis suae gentis,
 Vidit Jesum in tormentis,
 Et flagellis subditum.
Vidit suum dulcem natum
 Morientem desolatum,
 Dum emisit spiritum.

Eia Mater, fons amoris,
 Me sentire vim doloris
 Fac, ut tecum lugeam.
Fac ut ardeat cor meum
 In amando Christum deum,
 Ut sibi complaceam.
Virgo virginum praeclara,
 Jam mihi non sis amara,
 Fac me tecum plangere.
Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
 Passionis ejus sortem,
 Et plagas reco1ere.
Fac me plagis vulnerari,
 Cruce hac inebriari,
 Ob amorem filii.
Inflammatus et accensus,
 Per te Virgo sim defensus
 In die judicii.
Fac me cruce custodiri,
 Morte Christi praemuniri
 Confoveri gratia.
Quando corpus morietur
 Fac ut animae donetur
 Paradisi gloria.

English.png English translation

The grieving mother stood
 Next to the cross, tearful,
 While her son hung,
Whose groaning soul,
 Saddened and grieving,
 The sword pierced.
Oh how sad and afflicted
 Was that blessed
 Mother of the only-begotten,
Who mourned and grieved
 And trembled when she saw
 The punishment of her illustrious son.
Who is one who would not weep,
 If one saw the Mother of Christ
 In such torment?
Who could not be saddened
 To gaze upon the holy Mother
 Grieving with her son?
For the sins of her people,
 She saw Jesus in torture,
 And subjected to scourges.
She saw her sweet son
 Left dying
 While he gave up the spirit.

Come, Mother, fountain of love,
 Make me perceive the force of grief,
 That I may weep with you.
Make my heart bum
 In loving Christ the god,
 That I may be acceptable to him.
Virgin brightest of virgins,
 Do not now be harsh with me,
 Make me lament with you.
Make me carry the death of Christ,
 The prophecy of his suffering,
 And recall his stripes.
Make me wounded by his wounds,
 To be drunk with this cross,
 For love of the Son.
Flaming and burning,
 0 Virgin, may I be protected by you
 On the day of judgment.
Let me be protected by the cross,
 Forearmed by Christ's death,
 Embraced by grace.
When the body dies,
 Let my soul be given
 The glory of Paradise.