Sanctus - O sapientia (Loyset Compère)
- Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2022-01-09). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 330 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Note values halved (to bar 68). Transposed down a tone.
Manuscript MS 2268 (Librone 2), Archivo della Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Sezione Musicale, Milan
Manuscript MS 2266 (Librone 4), Archivo della Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Sezione Musicale, Milan
Description: Lynn Halpern Ward (The "Motetti Missales" Repertory Reconsidered, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Vol. 39, No. 3 - Autumn 1986) has suggested that this piece may be part of a motetti musicali cycle: a Milanese practice of substituting the movements of a mass with motets. In some of the known motetti musicali cycles, the Sanctus is the one regular mass movement which remains, and it is followed (as here) by a simple homophonic piece, to be performed at the Elevation. In its two sources, this piece is grouped with other motets from this conjectural cycle: In Librone 2, it includes O sapientia and there is a clear indication that it should be followed by the next piece, Ave virgo gloriosa, which provides the final resolution; in the fire-damaged Librone 4, it omits O sapientia, and appears between O admirabile commercium and Suscipe verbum. Whether or not all the components of Ward's proposed cycle were ever performed as a unit, it seems likely that they were used in the groupings in which they appear in the Libroni.
In the source, O sapientia is notated in breves, all marked with a fermata.
Original text and translations
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus dominus deus sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.
O sapientia, quae ex ore altissimi prodisti, veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord Gord of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
O wisdom, which came forth from the mouth of the most high, come to teach us the way of prudence.