Sustinuimus pacem (Adrian Willaert)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-10-27).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 155 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1559 print. Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note values. Alto parts are in tenor clef.

General Information

Title: Sustinuimus pacem
Composer: Adrian Willaert

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1559 in Musica nova, no. 1.09

Description: The Altus and the Tenor sings a canon in the fifth. Therefore the Altus is notated in G major, whereas the other 4 voices in C major.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Sustinuimus pacem et non venit,
quaesivimus bona et ecce turbatio,
cognovimus, Domine, peccata nostra,
non in perpetuum obliviscaris nos.

Peccavimus cum patribus nostris,
injuste egimus, iniquitatem fecimus,
non in perpetuum obliviscaris nos.

English.png English translation

We have hoped for peace, and it did not come,
we have searched for good, and behold, there came chaos.
Lord, we have acknowledged our sins
do not forget us eternally.

We have sinned with our fathers
we have done unjustly, we have committed iniquity:
do not forget us eternally.