Pater Abraham (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-05)  CPDL #59528: 
Original key (high chiavette):   (MIDI)    
Transposed down a tone:   (MIDI)  
Transposed down a fourth:   (MIDI)   - Alto in transposed violin clef.
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-07-05).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 143 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1571 print. Original note values.
  • (Posted 2019-09-29)  CPDL #55471:         
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-09-29).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. Note values halved.
  • (Posted 2000-06-07)  CPDL #00907:  Network.png
Editor: Moriwaki Michio (submitted 2000-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 216 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Zipped PostScript file, look under 'Old Score Library - Choral scores'.

General Information

Title: Pater Abraham
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Source of text: Luke 16:24-25

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1571 in Moduli quinis vocibus nunquam hactenus editi, no. 4
    2nd published: 1604 in Magnum opus musicum, no. 212

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Pater Abraham, miserere mei et mitte Lazarum,
ut intingat extremum digiti sui in aquam,
ut refrigeret linguam meam,
quia crucior in hac flamma.
Et dixit illi Abraham:
Fili, recordare quia recepisti
bona tua in vita tua,
et Lazarus similiter mala:
nunc autem hic consolatur,
tu vero cruciaris.

English.png English translation

Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus
to dip the tip of his finger in water,
so that it might cool my tongue,
for I am in agony in these flames.
And Abraham said to him:
Child, remember that you received
good things during your life,
and Lazarus in the same way evil things:
now, however, he is consoled here,
and you are truly in agony.