Cantantibus organis (Pierre Certon)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-07-09).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 137 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for SAAT or transposed down a fourth for ATTB.

General Information

Title: Cantantibus organis
Composer: Pierre Certon

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SAAT or ATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1542 in Recens modulorum editio liber secundus, no. 11
Description: From Petri Certon...recens modulorum editio (book 2). A motet for St Cecilia's Day, used as the model for a parody mass by Clereau.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Cantantibus organis Cecilia virgo decantabat dicens:
Fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.
Est secretum Valeriane quod tibi volo dicere:
Angelum dei habeo amatorem, qui nimio zelo custodit corpus meum.
Benedico te pater Domini mei Jesu Christi
quia per filium tuum ignis extinctus est a latere meo.
Fiat Domine cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.

English.png English translation

While organs played the virgin Cecilia sang, saying:
Make my heart unspotted, that I may not be confounded.
There is a secret, Valerian, that I would tell you:
I have as a lover an angel from God, which most jealously guards my body.
I praise you, father of my lord Jesus Christ,
Since through your son the flame is extinguished in my side.
Lord make my heart unspotted, that I may not be confounded.