Clementissime (Cristóbal de Morales)

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  • (Posted 2006-02-18)  CPDL #11001:       
Editor: Michael Wendel (submitted 2006-02-18).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 145 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: © Michael Wendel 2005, This edition may be freely duplicated, distributed, performed or recorded for non-profit performance or use.

General Information

Title: Clementissime
Composer: Cristóbal de Morales

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1543 in Moralis Hispani, Edition 1, no. 3
    2nd published: 1546 in Moralis Hispani, Edition 2, no. 2
Description: No, 2 of 20 motets published in 1546 in Venice by Antonio Gardano. (facsimile from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich (4° 42/3))
Motet dedicated to St Aegidus, i.e. St Giles. He is thought to have been a Greek aristocrat who went to the South of France and established himself as a hermit in about A.D. 683 in the forests at the mouth of the River Rhône, where his reputation for sanctity led the Benedictines, in the 11th century, to build the monastery of St. Gilles du Gard on the pilgrimage route from Arles to St. James of Compostela in the north of Spain, and perhaps this Spanish connection may explain how Morales came to be setting a text addressed to him.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Prima pars
Clementissime Christi confessor Domini,
beatissime Aegidi,
te suppliciter petimus:
ne nos derelinquas,
sed apud Dominum
tu semper pro nobis intercessor assistas.

Secunda pars
Sancte pater Aegidi,
vas spiritus sancti,
gemma confessorum,
decus monachorum,
cum pietate qua redundas
supplicatium semper memor esto nostri.