Dic io Pean (Johann Frosch)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-29)  CPDL #61713:     
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-11-29).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 1.38 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor 3rd. Note values halved. Underlay amended.

General Information

Title: Dic io Pean
Composer: Johann Frosch

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SMATBarB
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c. 1547 in Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. 2 Mus.pr. 156#6
Description: This piece may be found in a collection of broadsheets now held at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich under the shelfmark 2 Mus.pr. 156. The page, which is undated, was printed by Kriegstein in Augsburg, probably in the 1540s. The voices are presented in table book format. For the first part of the piece, four of the voices share a stave, which is marked In Fuga singuli, post singula tempora bina (each in canon, after every two measures).

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Dic io Pean, sacer ordo vatum, dic io bis, terque quaterque Pean,
Quisquis altrices celebrare Musas carmine gaudes.
Erigunt lapsos, perimunt superbos, vestiunt, potant, relevant, cibantque.
Ergo quid cessas, super astra sacras tollere Musas.

English.png English translation

Paeon, say io, holy order of prophets, say io twice, three times, four times, Paeon.
Whoever you are, give praise with song to celebrate the nourishing Muses.
They raise the fallen, destroy the proud, clothe, water, relieve and feed.
Therefore why delay to elevate the Muses above the holy stars.