Misit Herodes rex manus (Jacob Handl)

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  • CPDL #31994:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2014-05-14).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 151 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Tranposed down a third, according to chiavette; note values halved. Editorial accidentals and slurs added.

General Information

Title: Misit Herodes rex manus
Composer: Jacob Handl
Text: Acts 12:1-3a

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Musici operis, tomus 4
Description: This motet for the feast of St. James the Greater is No. 115 in the fourth book of Handl's Opus musicum.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Misit Herodes rex manus, ut affligeret quosdam de ecclesia;
occidit autum Jacobum, fratrem Joannis gladio;
videns autem, quia placeret Judaeis, jussit apprehendere et Petrum.

English.png English translation

Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church;
he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword:
and seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also.