Aequalis aeterno patri (Michael Praetorius)

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  • (Posted 2011-05-26)  CPDL #23614:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2011-05-26).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 29 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original key. The third voice may have originally been intended for a tenor voice, but its tessitura is so high I think it would be far better for an alto.

General Information

Title: Aequalis aeterno patri
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Lyricist: Ambrose of Milan

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SAAB or SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Hymnodia Sionia, no. 8
Description: this is a setting of the sixth verse of the Advent hymn "Veni redemptor gentium". Other verses of the hymn published in Hymnodia Sionia include:

No. 1: verse 1, Veni redemptor gentium (a 4)
No. 7: verse 5, Egressus ejus a patre (a 5)
No. 9: verse 7, Praesepe jam fulget tuum (a 2)
No. 10: verse 8 (or verse 1), Deo patri sit gloria (a 7)

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Aequalis aeterno patri,
Carnis trophaeo accingere,
Infirma nostri corporis
Virtute firmans perpeti.

English.png English translation

O equal to the Father, Thou!
gird on Thy fleshly mantle now;
the weakness of our mortal state
with deathless might invigorate.
(tr. J. M. Neale)