Qual mormorio soave (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-24)   CPDL #35521:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-05-24).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 664 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on the Steven Ledbetter edition published by The Broude Trust, New York. The notation in the present edition is a major second higher than the original. 21 Sep 2002

General Information

Title: Qual mormorio soave
Composer: Luca Marenzio

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584

Description: From Marenzio's first book of spiritual madrigals

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Qual mormorio soave
D'aura tra frond'et fronde,
Dolc'armonia d'angelico concento,
Quetasi l'aere e'l vento
Che tace il tutto et risonar sol Ave.
S'ode et sola risponde
Candida virginella:
Ecco, Signor, l'ancella
A cui per obedir nulla gli è grave.
O che lieta novella
Perche pareggi homai la terra e'l cielo:
Vergine Donna a Dio di se fa velo.

English.png English translation

Like the sweet murmur
of a breeze from branch to branch,
sweet harmony of angelic concord,
the air and wind grow quiet
so all is silent but the sound "Ave".
Humbly and alone, the
chaste virgin responds:
"Behold, Lord, the handmaiden
to whom obedience is never heavy."
O what happy news,
for earth and heaven are made equal:
a virgin makes of herself a veil for God.