O, magnum pietatis opus praesulis (Jan Tollius)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-02)  CPDL #33556:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2014-12-02).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 435 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O, magnum pietatis opus praesulis
Composer: Jan Tollius

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Motectorum quinque vocum, Liber secundus

Description: This is the 19th and last motet appearing in print. No later motets are known. Tollius dedicated this motet to the old patron saint of the city of Assisi: Saint Ruphinus. Furthermore he signed the motet by repeatedly setting the phrase:" caetus chorusque voces ad sidera tollunt".

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O, magnum pietatis opus praesulis,
lus-trat imago per urbem, lungo ordine cives lumine magno,
piis hymnis, caetus chorusque voces ad sidera tollunt:
Vivat, vivat, martyr, Sanctus Ruphinus almus!
et referunt grates voce canore lyrae.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

(Translation:Jaap de Raadt)
O, groot werk van liefde van de bisschop.
Zijn beeld verlicht heel de stad,
haar bewoners in een lange rij in dat grote licht.
Met vrome liederen heffen de gemeenschap (gemeente) en het koor
hun stemmen ten hemel (naar het gesternte):
hij leeft, martelaar, Heilige Ruphinus, milddadige!
en brengen dank met zang en snaren.