Pues a sus luces bellas (José de Torres)

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  • CPDL #20884:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2010-01-22).   Score information: A4, 18 pages, 179 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: from the Música Colonial Archive. Lyrics in the second recitative are not clear in the manuscript. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Pues a sus luces bellas
Composer: José de Torres

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Alto solo
Genre: SacredCantata

Language: Spanish
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

Published: Not known

Description: An elaborate solo cantata for "contralto" accompanied by two violins, an oboe and a continuo consisting of organ and “violón”. At this period the meaning of "contralto" may possibly not have clearly denoted a female rather than a male voice. The Catalan musicologist Sergi Casademunt has pointed out, in his edition of the motet “Quemadmodum desiderat” by Francisco Valls, that it is not clear whether “violón” refers to a cello or a viola da gamba.

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Original text and translations

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Pues a sus luces bellas
sombras son del incendio las centellas,
suba el fuego propicio
a ceñir el amante sacrificio,
que la fe que le inflama
hoy tributa al incendio de esa llama.

Fiel la mariposa
que el incendio ama,
alma y pecho inflama
en sacro esplendor.
Porque así postrado
fervor reverente,
corone luciente
amante su ardor.

Victima sea calma que rendida,
en las llamas recobra nueva vida,
siendo fenix, que fino amante mueva,
por renacer en esa sacra gue[r]ra.

En la esfera es todo ardor,
en el orbe iluminar
su reflejo singular
que es el gozo al corazón.
Su belleza, su brillar,
obsequioso he de ensalzar
con mi voz y con mi ser,
si consigo merecer,
ser amante mi oblación.