Tristitia obsedit me (Claude Le Jeune)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-31)   CPDL #53123: 
Original key (high chiavette):      
Transposed down a fourth:       - Alto is in tenor clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2019-01-31).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1612 print. Original note values.

General Information

Title: Tristitia obsedit me
Composer: Claude Le Jeune
Lyricist: Girolamo Savonarola

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1612 in Second livre des meslanges de Cl. Le Jeune, Paris

Description: The second soprano (Quintus) sings a cantus firmus on the words: In te Domine speravi.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Tristitia obsedit me.
Magno et forti exercitu vallavit me,
occupavit cor meum clamoribus
et armis die noctuque
contra me pugnare non cessat.

Cantus firmus:
In te Domine speravi


Vocabo Dominum; veniet profecto
nec me confundet.
Ecce iam venit,
gaudium attulit.
Pugnare me docuit
dixitque mihi:
‘Clama ne cesses’.
Et aio: ‘Quid clamabo?’
‘Dic’, inquit, ‘confidenter
et ex toto corde:
In te, Domine, speravi:
non confundar in aeternum.’

Cantus firmus:
In te, Domine, speravi.