Salvator noster (Claudio Merulo)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-20)  CPDL #35474:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 902 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Liber primus sacrarum cantionum (1578). Based on the James Bastian edition, American Institute of Musicology, 1971. The notation here is a wholetone lower than the original with time values halved. Translation (with help from Dr. Paul Pascal), text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 3/13/98.

General Information

Title: Salvator noster
Composer: Claudio Merulo

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1578
Description: For Matins on Christmas Day. The opening words of Lesson IV, attributed to Pope Leo.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Salvátor nóster, dilectíssimi, hódie nátus est:
Néque énim fas est lócum ésse tristítiae,
úbi natális est vítae:
quae, consúmpto mortalitátis timóre,
íngerit nóbis de promíssa aeternitáte laetítiam.

English.png English translation

Our Savior, dear friends, was born today;
let us rejoice.
For it is not fitting that the place be one of sadness
where that life was born
which, by annihilating the fear of mortality,
bestows upon us the joy of the promise of eternity.