Pulvis et umbra sumus (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-28)  CPDL #29726:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2013-07-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum, 1604. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note-values. Editorial musica ficta clearly indicated. Alto part is in octave transposed violin clef.

General Information

Title: Pulvis et umbra sumus
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Horace

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1573 in Patrocinium musices cantionem prima pars, no. 5
    2nd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 72

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Original text and translations

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Pulvis et umbra sumus, tamen post funera virtus
nomen in exstinctum ipsa superstes habet,
nil aurum, nil pompa juvat, nil sanguis avorum
excipe virtutem, caetera mortis erunt.