Illumina nos (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2013-11-16)  CPDL #30571:        Icon_ly_ext.png
Editor: Peter Hilton (submitted 2013-11-16).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Reconstructed Sextus and Bassus parts copyright ©2005 Joop Voorn.

General Information

Title: Illumina nos
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1603 in Sacrae cantiones II, no. 20
Description: Part of the Sacræ Cantiones Liber Secundus, whose sextus and basses part books were lost and are reconstructed/completed in modern editions, of which one of the most notable is Stravinsky's Tres sacrae cantiones (including Illumina nos).

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Illumina nos, misericordiarum Deus
Septiformini Paracliti gratia:
Ut per eam a delictorum tenebris liberati,
Vitae gloria perfruamur.

English.png English translation

Enlighten us, O God of mercies,
with the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit:
That through him, liberated from the darkness of sin,
We may enjoy the glory of life.