Omnis homo primum (Giaches de Wert)

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  • (Posted 2018-02-03)  CPDL #48682: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a minor third:         - Alto in octave transposed violin clef
Transposed down a fourth:         - Alto in octave transposed violin clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-02-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1566 print. Original note-values.

General Information

Title: Omnis homo primum
Composer: Giaches de Wert

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in Motectorum quinque vocum liber primus, no. 3
    2nd published: 1583 in Modulationum sacrarum quinque et sex vocum libri tres in unum volumen redacti, no. 17
Description: Although the piece is in Latin and takes its text from a passage in the Gospel of John (the miracle at the wedding in Cana), it sounds rather as a secular French chanson.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Omnis homo primum bonum vinum ponit,
et cum inebrati fuerint, tunc id quod deterius est,
tu autem servasti bonum vinum usque adhuc.
(Joh 2,10)