In principio creavit Deus (Sigismondo d'India)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-18)  CPDL #38609:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2016-02-18).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 380 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down one tone from C-major.

General Information

Title: In principio creavit Deus
Composer: Sigismondo d'India
Source of text: Genesis 1:1-3

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1627 in Liber primus motectorum, no. 1
Description: The Basso Continuo consists of a "Basso per l'Organo" line, non-figured, which follows exactly the lowest vocal lines. The motet can very well be sung a cappella.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

1  In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram.
2  Terra autem erat inanis et vacua
et tenebrae erant super faciem abyssi
et spiritus Domini ferebatur super aquas.
3  Dixit Deus fiat lux et facta est lux.

English.png English translation

1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2  And the earth was without form, and void;
and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (KJV)