Tribulationes civitatum (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2012-11-20)  CPDL #27635: 
Original key (high chiavette):   (MIDI)    
Transposed down a tone:   (MIDI)    
Transposed down a fourth:   (MIDI)     - alto part is in tenor clef
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2012-11-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original note values.

General Information

Title: Tribulationes civitatum
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Motettorum liber quintus, 5vv, no. 18

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Tribulationes civitatum audivimus quas passae sunt, et deficimus.
Timor et hebetudo mentis cecidit super nos et super liberos nostros. Domine miserere.
Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, iniuste egimus, iniquitatem fecimus. Domine miserere.

English.png English translation

Translation by Edward Tambling

We have heard the tribulations which the cities have suffered, and we have wasted away.
Fear and dullness of mind have fallen upon us and our children. O Lord, have mercy.
We have sinned like our fathers, we have acted unfairly and done wrong. O Lord, have mercy.