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Tribulationes civitatum audivimus (attrib. d’Este)


Downloadable files available:
  • Full vocal score
  • Keyboard reduction
  • Viol part
  • Audio files with pitch and count-in, in equal temperament and quarter-comma meantone

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Source: Musica motteta materna lingua vocata quinque vocum (Venice: Scotto, 1543; RISM 1543/2)

Transposition: Up major fifth from original print.

Difficulty: moderately hard

Length: 05:42 mins.

Editors/copyright: Laurie Stras, Deborah Roberts, Sally Dunkley © 2017.

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Text and translation

Matins responsory: Summer Histories, Judith

Tribulationes civitatum audivimus, quas passae sunt, et defecimus. Timor et hebetudo mentis cecedit super nos. Domine, miserere.
Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, injuste egimus, iniquitatem fecimus. Domine, miserere.

We have heard the trials of the citizens, which they have suffered, and we have lost heart. Fear and dullness of mind has overcome us. Lord, have mercy.
We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. Lord, have mercy.


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