Audivi vocem de caelo (Pierre de Manchicourt)

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  • (Posted 2019-10-12)   CPDL #55588:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-10-12).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 319 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: At original pitch (for SAATTB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from the two sources listed below.

General Information

Title: Audivi vocem de caelo (2.p. Et vox de throno)
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt
Source of text: from Revelation 12:10, 14:2, 19:5–6

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet for Eastertide

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1554 in Phalèse, Cantionum sacrarum liber 5 (Pierre de Manchicourt), no. 10
  2nd published: c.1560–70 in Universitätsbibliothek Kassel, 4° Ms. Mus. 38 (hand copied by Johannes Heugel, court composer for Philip of Hesse)

Description: Manchicourt has set the Quinta Pars to an recurring, ostinato-like cantus firmus (see text below) that alternates between pitches a fourth apart.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Audívi vocem de caelo,
   tamquam vocem tonítrui magni. Allelúia.
Regnábit Deus noster in aetérnum. Alleluia.
Quia facta est salus
   et potéstas Christi eius. Allelúia.

Et vox de throno exívit, dicens:
   Laudem dícite Deo nostro, omnes sancti eius,
   et qui timétis Dóminum,
   pusílli et magni. Allelúia.

[Cantus firmus: Omnes sancti, intercéde pro nobis.]

English.png English translation

I heard a voice from heaven,
   as the voice of a great thunder. Alleluia.
Our God shall reign for ever. Alleluia.
For salvation and the power
   of His Christ have come. Alleluia.

And a voice came from the throne, saying:
   “Speak praise to our God, all ye His saints,
    and those that fear the Lord,
    both small and great! Alleluia.”

[All ye saints, pray for us.]