Descendit Angelus (Tomás Luis de Victoria)

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Editor: Nancho Alvarez (submitted 2004-10-19).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically under 'Motetes'. full score and individual parts available as midi files, also available as Postscript file.

General Information

Title: Descendit Angelus
Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet for John the Baptist

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1572 in Motecta I (Tomás Luis de Victoria), no. 22
  2nd published: 1585 in Motecta festorum (Tomás Luis de Victoria), no. 17


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Descendit angelus Domini ad Zachariam,
dicens Accipe puerum in senectute tua:
Et habebit nomen Joannes Baptista.
Ne timeas, quoniam exaudita est oratio tua,
et Elisabeth uxor tua pariet tibi filium:
Et habebit nomen Joannes Baptista.

English.png English translation

The angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias and said:
Accept a boy in your old age: and he will have the name John the Baptist.
Do not be afraid, for your prayer has been heard,
and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son:
and he will have the name John the Baptist.
(from Luke 1:11-13)

German.png German translation

Der Engel des Herrn stieg hinab zu Zacharias
und sagte: Empfange einen Knaben in deinem Greisenalter!
Und er wird den Namen Johannes der Täufer haben. […]