Rorate coeli desuper (Heinrich Isaac)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-22)   CPDL #52229:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 386 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Isaac's Choralis Constantinus, Book III, ed. Louise Cuyler, 1950. Notation here is a tone higher than original with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and editorial accidentals by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 21 Nov 2018

General Information

Title: Rorate coeli desuper
Composer: Heinrich Isaac

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Choralis Constantinus, Volume 3

Description: Isaac: In Festo Annuntiationis B. Mariae V.; Liber Usualis: The Fourth Sunday of Advent.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Roráte coéli désuper,
et núbes plúant jústum:
aperiátur térra
et gérminet Salvatórem.

Coéli enárrant glóriam Déi
et ópera mánuum éjus
annúntiat firmaméntum.

English.png English translation

Drop dew, heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain justice:
let the earth be opened
and produce a Savior.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the works of his hand
the sky proclaims.