Prophetiae Sibyllarum (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-05)   CPDL #38443:   
Editor: Alexander Reuter (submitted 2016-02-05).   Score information: A4, 25 pages, 407 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised version of CPDL #38054. Voicing of movement IX and X changed into ATTB, adjusted clef in second staff accordingly to Therstappen-Edition (Möseler, 1937)
  • (Posted 2016-01-04)   CPDL #38054:   
Editor: Alexander Reuter (submitted 2016-01-04).   Score information: A4, 25 pages, 407 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved, 3/1 bar changed into 3/4
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Second staff wrong clef in movements IX and X See the discussion page for full description.

Separate movements

Prologue: Carmina Chromatico
  • CPDL #26630:      Icon_ly_ext.png
Editor: Peter Hilton (submitted 2012-06-29).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: No bar lines
  • CPDL #26079:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-03).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 15 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16130. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16130:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 19 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
  • CPDL #03707:  Network.png PDF, MIDI & NoteWorthy Composer files
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-06-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 24 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
I. Sibylla Persica
  • CPDL #26081:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-03).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16131. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16131:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 41 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
  • CPDL #03904:  Network.png PDF, MIDI & NoteWorthy Composer files
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-08-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
II. Sibylla Libyca
  • CPDL #26084:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 31 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16132, with corrections. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16132:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • CPDL #03942:  Network.png PDF, MIDI & NoteWorthy Composer files
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-08-23).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
III. Sibylla Delphica
  • CPDL #26083:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 27 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16133. Note values halved. {{MXL]]
  • CPDL #16133:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 27 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • CPDL #04087:  Network.png PDF, MIDI & NoteWorthy Composer files
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-10-15).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
IV. Sibylla Cimmeria
  • CPDL #26085:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 22 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16134. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16134:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • CPDL #05140:  Network.png PDF, MIDI & NoteWorthy Composer files
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2003-05-25).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
V. Sibylla Samia
  • CPDL #26086:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16135, with minor corrections. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16135:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 27 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: There are a few minor errors in this score - see discussion page See the discussion page for full description.

VI. Sibylla Cumana

  • CPDL #26087:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 21 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16136. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16136:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Tenor is set an octave too high. See the discussion page for full description.
VII. Sibylla Hellespontica
  • CPDL #26092:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 22 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #, with corrections. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16137:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 25 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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VIII. Sibylla Phrygia
  • CPDL #26097:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 20 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16138. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16138:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 22 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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IX. Sibylla Europaea
  • CPDL #30372:      Icon_ly_ext.png
Editor: Peter Hilton (submitted 2013-10-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Set without bar lines
  • CPDL #26099:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 22 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: As #26098, but transposed up a minor 3rd. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #26098:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16139, with minor corrections. Note length halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16139:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Bar 27: "Rexerit" for "Rex erit" in all parts. See the discussion page for full description.
X. Sibylla Tiburtina
  • CPDL #30373:      Icon_ly_ext.png
Editor: Peter Hilton (submitted 2013-10-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Set without bar lines
  • CPDL #26101:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 24 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: As #26100, but transposed up a minor 3rd. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #26100:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 24 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16140. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16140:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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XI. Sibylla Erythraea
  • CPDL #26102:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 22 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16141. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16141:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 24 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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XII. Sibylla Agrippa
  • CPDL #26080:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 31 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16142, with minor corrections. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #16142:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-18).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 32 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Prophetiae Sibyllarum
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1600 as Prophetiae Sibyllarum … chromatico more singulari confectae, 4vv

Description: Posthumously published in 1600, Orlando di Lasso's Prophetiæ Sibyllarum sets 12 prophecies attributed to the Sibyls (priestesses of Apollo later adopted by Christians) with a prologue.

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Original texts and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Prologue

Carmina Chromatico quae audis modulata tenore,
Haec sunt illa quibus nostrae olim arcana salutis
Bis senae intrepido cecinerunt ore Sibyllae.

I. Sibylla Persica

Virgine matre satus pando residebit asello
Jucundus princeps unus qui ferre salutem
Rite queat lapsis tamen illis forte diebus
Multi multa ferent immensi fata laboris
Solo sed satis est oracula prodere verbo
Ille deus casta nascetur virgine magnus.

II. Sibylla Libyca

Ecce dies venient quo aeternus tempore princeps
Irradians sata laeta viris sua crimina tollet
Lumine clarescet cuius synagoga recenti
Sordida qui solus reserabit labra reorum
Aequus erit cunctis gremio rex membra reclinet
Reginae mundi sanctus per saecula vivus.

III. Sibylla Delphica

Non tarde veniet tacita sed mente tenendum
Hoc opus, hoc memori semper, qui corde reponet,
Huius pertendant cor gaudia magna prophetae
Eximia, qui virginea conceptus ab alvo
Prodibit, sine contactu maris omnia vincit
Hoc naturae opera, at fecit, qui cuncta gubernat.

IV. Sibylla Cimmeria

In teneris annis facie insignis honore
Militiae aeternae regem sacra virgo cibavit
Lacte suo, per quem gaudebunt pectore summo Omnia,
Et Eoo lucebit sydus ab ore Mirificum.
Sua dona magi cum laude ferentes
Objicient puero myrrham, aurum, thura sabaea.

V. Sibylla Samia

Ecce dies, nigras quae tollet laeta tenebras,
Mox veniet solvens nodosa volumina vatum Gentis Judaeae.
Referent ut carmina plebis
Hunc poterunt clarum virorum tangere regem,
Humano quem virgo sinu inviolata fovebit.
Annuit hoc coelum, rutinlantia sidera monstrant.

VI. Sibylla Cumana

Iam mea certa manent et vera novissima verba,
Ultima venturi quod erant oracula regis
Qui toti veniens mundo cum pace placebit
Ut voluit, nostra vestitus carne decenter
In cunctis humilis castam pro matre puellam
Deliget, haec alias forma praecesserit omnes.

VII. Sibylla Hellespontica

Dum meditor quondam vidi decorare puellam
Eximio castam, quod se servaret honore.
Munera digna suo, et divino numine visa
Quae sobolem multo pareret splendore micantem:
Progenies summi speciosa et vera tonantis,
Pacifica mundum qui sub ditione gubernet.

VIII. Sibylla Phrygia

Ipsa Deum vidi summum punire volentem
Mundi homines stupidos et pectora caeca rebellis,
Et quia sic nostram complerent crimina pellem.
Virginis in corpus voluit demittere coelo
Ipse Deus prolem, quam nuntiat angelus alma Matri
Quo miseros contracta sorde lavaret.

IX. Sibylla Europaea

Virginis aeternum veniet de corpore verbum purum.
Qui valles et montes transiet altos,
Ille volens etiam stellato missus olympo
Edetur mundo pauper, qui cuncta silenti rex erit imperio.
Sic credo et mente fatebor:
Humano simul ac divino semine natus.

X. Sibylla Tiburtina

Verax ipse Deus dedit haec mihi munia fandi
Carmine, quod sanctam potui monstrare puellam.
Concipiet, quae Nazareis in finibus illum,
Quem sub carne Deum Bethlemitica rura videbunt.
O nimium felix coelo dignissima mater,
Quae tantam sacro lactabit ab ubere prolem.

XI. Sibylla Erythraea

Cerno Dei natum, qui se dimisit ab alto.
Ultima felices referent cum tempora soles.
Hebraea, quem virgo fere de stirpe decora,
In terris multum teneris passurus ab annis.
Magnus erit tamen hic divino carmine vates
Virgine matre satus, prudenti pectore verax.

XII. Sibylla Agrippa

Summus erit sub carne satus clarissimus atque Virginis
Et vere complevit viscera sanctum
Verbum consilio sine noxa spiritus almi,
Despectus multis tamen ille salutis amore
Arguet et nostra commissa piacula culpa,
Cuius honos constans et gloria certa manebit.

English.png English translation


Prologue

These songs you hear, which move chromatically,
Are those of the twelve Sibyls, who long ago
sang fearlessly
the mysteries of our salvation.

I. Sibylla Persica


Born of a virgin mother, he will sit upon a crook-backed ass.
The prince of joy who alone
in time to come can bring true salvation.
Many will be the prophets of his suffering, many the prophecies.
Sufficient though, to sum up the prophecies in a single line:
He, the lord god, will be born of a pure virgin.

II. Sibylla Libyca


Behold, the days will come when the eternal prince,
radiant in light, will dismiss the charges that men have joyfully laid against him.
His congregation recently so tainted, will shine in his light.
He alone will give the accused the right of speech
and be fair to all men. The king will rest his limbs
in the lap of the queen of heaven, holy in eternal life.