Ecce advenit (Heinrich Isaac)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-23)  CPDL #35875:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2015-06-23).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Introit, in Gm, antiphon and one verse only. Text edited, slurs added.
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-06-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 462 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Choralis Constantinus, vol. ii (Nuremberg, 1555). Our source: Bärenreiter-Ausgabe 2154. Notation here is at the original pitch, probably with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 9 Oct 2014

General Information

Title: Proprium missae for Epiphany: Ecce advenit (introit), Alleluia vidimus stellam (gradual), & Vidimus stellam (communion)
Composer: Heinrich Isaac

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotetMass propers for Epiphany

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Choralis Constantinus, Volume 2

Description: Office for the Epiphany of the Lord. The sequence is Festa Christi.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ecce advénit dominátor Dóminus:
et régnum in mánu éjus,
et potéstas, et impérium.

Verse (Psalm 71:2):
Déus, judícium túum Régi da:
et justítiam túam Fílio Régis.


Vídimus stéllam éjus
in Oriénte,
et vénimus cum munéribus
adoráre Dóminum.

Vídimus stéllam ejus…

English.png English translation

Behold, the Lord governor is coming,
and the kingdom is in his hand,
and power, and empire.

God, give your judgement to the King,
and your justice to the King's Son.


We have seen his star
in the East,
and have come with gifts
to worship the Lord.

We have seen his star…