Circumdederunt me (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2020-08-14)  CPDL #60157:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-08-14).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum Opus Musicum. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values. Alto parts notated in transposed violin clef.

General Information

Title: Circumdederunt me
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 Cantiones sacrae ... sex vocibus compositae, München

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 18.

Latin.png Latin text

Circumdederunt me dolores mortis:
et torrentes iniquitatis conturbaverunt me.
Dolores inferni circumdederunt me:
præoccupaverunt me laquei mortis.

English.png English translation

The sorrows of death surrounded me:
and the torrents of iniquity troubled me.
The sorrows of hell encompassed me:
and the snares of death overtook me.