Antevenis virides (Jacobus Vaet)

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  • CPDL #30993:        (Finale 2014.5)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2014-01-14).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 171 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format. New PDF & Finale files uploaded correcting underlay error in m3, 18 Aug 2017.

General Information

Title: Antevenis virides
Composer: Jacobus Vaet
Lyricist: Charles Utenhovencreate page

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATBB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1560
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Description: Antevenis virides was written in honor of Duke Albrecht of Bavaria, a ruler notable for his enlightened patronage of the greatest composer of the day, Orlandus Lassus. The poem, according to its text source linked with Lassus (although no setting by him survives), is an acrostic on the Duke's Latin name, Albertus. According to contemporary custom, it is written in Classical hexameters, although particularly convoluted, and praises Albrecht's rule, specifically his role as a patron, one so great that he could "instruct the Muses themselves."

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Antevenis virides raris qui dotibus annos,
Laudibus et sortem, quamlibet eximiam,
Bavarici Dux magne soli, post fata superstes,
Effugiat Stygias, effugiat Stygias vis tua fama domos.

Respice fatorum domitrices, respice Musas.
Tutor et alarm, doctor et esse velis.
Ut celebris patulum virtus tua compleat orbem,
Sola dabit domitrix Musa Potentis Herae.

English.png English translation

Excelling in rare prowess, you transcend the years
And any exceptional lot with tribute and glory,
great Bavarian leader, ordained by fate,
your fame will elude the Stygian realm.

Consider the Mistress of Fate, consider the Muses,
Deign to be their teacher and leader.
The Mistress Muse of the powerful Hera alone
will fill the entire world with praise of your virtues.