Rorate caeli (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-11)   CPDL #47314:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-11-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, Vol 6 (Joseph Napoléon Ney). Clefs modernised. Original note values. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #03129:   
Editor: Drew Collins (submitted 2001-12-13).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 143 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Previously hosted on external site. Uploaded to CPDL server 11-02-07.

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General Information

Title: Rorate caeli
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1572 Motettorum liber secundus, 5, 6, 8vv, Venice.

Description: Part 2 of 'Canite tuba'

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

2nda pars
Rorate coeli desuper,
et nubes pluant justum:
aperiatur terra et germinet Salvatorem. (Isaiah 45:8)
Ostende nobis, Domine, misericordiam tuam,
et salutare tuum da nobis:
veni Domine, et noli tardare.

English.png English translation

Part 2
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above
and let the clouds pour down righteousness:
let the earth open and bring forth the Saviour.
Show us thy mercy, O Lord,
and grant us thy salvation: (Ps. 85:8)
come, O Lord, and do not delay.

Original text and translations may be found at Rorate caeli.