Factum est praelium (Alvise Balbi)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2013-03-16).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Factum est praelium
Composer: Alvise Balbi
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1606 in Ecclesiastici Concentus, no. 76
    2nd published: 1613 in Promptuarium musicum, Pars Tertia, no. 81
    3rd published: 1621 in Florilegium Portense, Volume 2, no. 133
Description: Motet for use on the Feast day of St Michael the Archangel.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Factum est praelium magnum in caelo.
Michael et angeli eius praeliabantur cum dracone,
et draco et angeli eius cum eis.
Et non praevaluerunt.
Clamaveruntque omnes cum Michaele archangelo: "victoria".

English.png English translation

A great battle was fought in heaven.
Michael and his angels engaged with the dragon,
and the dragon and his angels with them.
Yet they did not prevail.
And all those with archangel Michael shouted: "Victory".

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)