Honor, virtus et potestas (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2022-01-25)  CPDL #67753:  Transposed down a fifth for STTBarB in order to compensate for the high clefs:    
  • (Posted 2022-01-25)  CPDL #67752:  Transposed down a minor third for modern SAATB choirs:    
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2022-01-25).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 178 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the Tallis/Byrd Cantiones Sacrae of 1575 with plainsong added from the printed Sarum antiphonal of 1520. Original note values retained.
  • (Posted 2021-12-16)  CPDL #67139:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2021-12-16).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2008-04-22)  CPDL #16712:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-04-22).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 127 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised 23.04.08 - thanks once again to Mick Swithinbank for proofreading.

General Information

Title: Honor, virtus et potestas
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATT
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 15
Description: Matins Respond, Trinity Sunday, Sarum Rite.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Honor, virtus et potestas et imperium sit trinitati in unitate,
unitati in trinitate, in perenni saeculorum tempore.
Trinitati lux perennis, unitati sit decus perpetim.
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.

English.png English translation

Honour, strength and might and power be to the Three in One,
the One in Three, throughout eternal ages.
To the Trinity be endless light, to the Unity be perpetual glory.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.