Circumdederunt me (Heinrich Isaac)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-13)   CPDL #48404:   
Editor: Corinne Cooze (submitted 2018-01-13).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 307 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Direct transcription, SATB, but with the addition of the last phrase of the psalm verse, and moving the "et refugium meum" phrase into a chant-like chord movement. Same key as below.
  • (Posted 2018-01-13)   CPDL #48395:     
Editor: Corinne Cooze (submitted 2018-01-13).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 302 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Direct transcription, STTB, but with the addition of the last phrase of the psalm verse, and moving the "et refugium meum" phrase into a chant-like chord movement. Same key as above.

General Information

Title: Circumdederunt me
Composer: Heinrich Isaac


Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB, STTB or ATTB
Genre: SacredMotetIntroit for Septuagesima

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Choralis Constantinus I

Description: Polyphonic Introit for Septuagesima Sunday

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Circumdederunt me gemitus mortis,
dolores inferni circumdederunt me:
et in tribulatione mea invocavi Dominum,
et exaudivit de templo sancto suo vocem meam.
Ps. Diligam te Domine, fortitudo mea:
Dominus firmamentum meum, et refugium meum, et liberator meus.

English.png English translation

The sorrows of death have assailed me,
the pains of hell have encompassed me;
and I called upon the Lord in my distress,
and from his holy temple he heard my voice.
(Ps 17: 2, 3) Vs. I will love thee, Lord my strength;
the Lord is my rock, my refuge and my deliverer.