Super omnia (Luca Marenzio)

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  • CPDL #28855:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-04-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original key (SATB); note values halved. Editorial accidentals added.
  • CPDL #28857:   
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-04-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third (STTB); note values halved. Editorial accidentals added.

General Information

Title: Super omnia
Composer: Luca Marenzio

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or STTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1585 in Motectorum pro festis totius anni, no. 26.

Description: Motet for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Super omnia ligna cedrorum, tu sola excelsior:
In qua mundi salus pependit,
In qua Christus triumphavit,
Et mors mortem superavit in aeternum.

English.png English translation

Only thou exceedest in highness all the wood of Cedar:
Upon which the salvation of the world did hang,
On which Christ did triumph,
And death overcame death forever.