Dum esset summus Pontifex (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2012-06-21)  CPDL #26550:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-06-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Musica Divina Vol. II Liber motettorum (ed. Karl Proske, 1854). Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: Dum esset summus Pontifex

Composer: Luca Marenzio

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotetMagnificat antiphon for the feast of a Confessor Pontiff.

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in Motectorum pro festis totius anni, no. 39
    2nd published: 1854 in Musica Divina Vol. II (Carl Proske), p. 149

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Dum esset summus Pontifex, terrena non metuit, sed ad coelestia regna gloriosus migravit.

English.png English translation

While he was supreme pontiff, he feared no earthly powers, but went his way in glory to the heavenly kingdom.

German.png German translation

Da er der höchste Pontifex war, fürchtete er das Irdische nicht, sondern wanderte glorreich zu den himmlischen Reichen.