Isti sunt viri sancti (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2022-12-20)  CPDL #71960: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a minor third:       - Alto in octave transposed violin clef
Transposed down a fourth:       - Alto in octave transposed violin clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2022-12-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Palestrina Werke, 5. Band. Original note values.
  • (Posted 2012-07-16)  CPDL #26777:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-07-16).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Musica Divina Vol. II Liber motettorum (ed. Karl Proske, 1854). Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: Isti sunt viri sancti
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet for the feasts of Apostles and Evangelists.

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Motecta festorum totius anni liber primus, 4vv, no. 30
    2nd published: 1854 in Musica Divina Vol. II (Carl Proske), p. 135

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Isti sunt viri sancti, quos elegit Dominus in charitate non ficta,
et dedit illis gloriam sempiternam:
quorum doctrina fulget Ecclesia,
ut sole luna.

The editions I could check - the 1585 edition and the Palestrina Werke edition - have the last line as: ut sol et luna i.e. as the sun and the moon.

English.png English translation

These men are holy, whom the Lord hath chosen in love unfeigned,
and has given them glory everlasting:
By whose doctrine the Church is made resplendent,
even as the moon by the sun.