Nulla scientia melior (Cipriano de Rore)

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  • (Posted 2020-10-21)  CPDL #60973: 
Original key (high chiavette):      
Transposed down a fourth:       - Alto in transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-10-21).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 168 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1544 print. Original note values.

General Information

Title: Nulla scientia melior
Composer: Cipriano de Rore

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1544 in Cipriani musici liber primus, quinque vocum, no. 1
  2nd published: 1545 in Motetta 5vv, no. 2


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Nulla scientia melior,
nulla doctrina salubrior,
qua quis se ipsum cognoscit,
considerat se de limo formatum,
in culpa conceptum
et ad penam natum.

O quam necessaria discussio,
o quam utilis speculatio,
nihil recte existimat
qui se ipsum ignorat.
Considerat se de limo formatum,
in culpa conceptum,
et ad penam natum.