Magnum haereditatis (Luca Marenzio)

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Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-06-01).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original pitch; note values halved. Editorial accidentals added.

General Information

Title: Magnum haereditatis
Composer: Luca Marenzio

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Motectorum pro festis totius anni (Rome, 1585)

Description: This motet, assigned to the feast of the Circumcision of the Lord, is No. 5 in Marenzio's Motectorum pro festis totius anni.

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Magnum haereditatis mysterium:
templum Dei factus est uterus nesciens virum:
non est pollutus ex ea carnem assumens:
omnes gentes venient dicentes:
Gloria tibi Domine.

English.png English translation

O great mystery of heritage:
The womb that never knew man is made the temple of God:
He who takes flesh from her is not defiled:
All nations shall come, saying,
"Glory be to thee, O Lord."