Tribulationes civitatum (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2012-11-20)  CPDL #27635: 
Original key (high chiavette):   (MIDI)    
Transposed down a tone:   (MIDI)    
Transposed down a fourth:   (MIDI)     - Alto in transposed violin clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2012-11-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original note values.

General Information

Title: Tribulationes civitatum
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB, or ATTBarB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Motettorum liber quintus, 5vv, no. 18
Description: Lyrics anonymous, in the 14th-century manuscript Klosterneuburg, Augustiner-Chorherrenstift - Bibliothek, 1018

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Tribulationes civitatum audivimus quas passae sunt, et deficimus.
Timor et hebetudo mentis cecidit super nos et super liberos nostros. Domine miserere.
Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, iniuste egimus, iniquitatem fecimus. Domine miserere.

Latin.png Latin text

Tribulationes civitatum audivimus quas passae sunt et defecimus
Timor et hebritudo mentis cecidit super nos et super liberos nostros
Ipsi montes nolunt recipere fugam nostram Domine miserere

(14th-century with standardized spelling, Cantus Database)
English.png English translation

We have heard the tribulations which the cities have suffered, and we have wasted away.
Fear and dullness of mind have fallen upon us and our children. O Lord, have mercy.
We have sinned like our fathers, we have acted unfairly and done wrong. O Lord, have mercy.
Translation by Edward Tambling