Sitivit anima mea (Manuel Cardoso)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-16)  CPDL #59764:         
Editor: David Allinson (submitted 2020-07-16).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: There is some contention over the text: some people believe 'ad Deum fortem' should read 'ad Deum foNtem'. Both make sense. The Vulgate gives 'fortem'. There is a relevant discussion here:

General Information

Title: Sitivit Anima Mea
Composer: Manuel Cardoso

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SacredMotetFuneral music

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1625 Missarum I
Description: Funeral motet published in Cardoso's Liber Primus Missarum (Lisbon, 1625) alongside his six-voice setting of the Missa pro defunctis and the motet Non mortui.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Sitivit anima mea ad Deum fortem vivum;
quando veniam et apparebo ante faciem Dei mei?
Quis dabit mihi pennas sicut columbae,
et volabo et requiescam?

English.png English translation

My soul thirsts for God who is great and ever-living;
When shall I come and appear before the face of my God?
Who will give me wings like a dove,
and I shall fly and be at rest?
Ps.42 and Ps.55