Angelus Domini (Nicolas Gombert)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-06)  CPDL #39211:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2016-04-06).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Alla breve; reduced to four pages by D.S.
  • (Posted 2015-05-25)  CPDL #35526:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-05-25).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 671 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: N. Gombert: Opera omnia, ed. J. Schmidt-Görg, CMM. Notation here is at the original pitch with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 23 Mar 2004

General Information

Title: Angelus Domini
Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Source of text: Luke 2:9-12

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1529 in XII motetz musicaulx a quatre et cinq voix (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 7
    2nd published: 1554 in Evangelia dominicorum et festorum dierum tomus primus (Berg & Neuber), no. 10
Description: Apt for the first Mass of Christmas.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Angelus Dómini ad pastóres áit:
Annúntio vóbis gaúdium mágnum
quod érit ómni pópulo,
quía nátus est vóbis hódie
Salvátor múndi,
qui est Chrístus Dóminus,
in civitáte Dávid.

Et inveniétis infántem
pánnis involútum,
et pósitum in praesépio.
Qui est Chrístus Dóminus,
in civitáte Dávid.

English.png English translation

The angel of the Lord said to the shepherds:
I bring you news of a great joy
which will be for every people,
for to you is born this day
the Savior of the world,
who is Christ the Lord,
in the city of David.

And you shall find the infant
wrapped in swaddling clothes
and placed in a manger.
He is Christ the Lord,
in the city of David.