Vivo ego dicit Dominus (Ludwig Senfl)

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  • (Posted 2019-03-16)   CPDL #53590:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-03-16).   Score information: A4, 6 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: At original pitch (for SSATB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited in modern notation from the only known source, from the Royal Danish Court.
  • (Posted 2013-04-30)   CPDL #28920:    (MIDI) (XML)
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2013-04-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the Royal Danish Library manuscript KB 1872. The keys, time signatures, notes' values and colourings are as in the manuscript. The text underlay within brackets is editorial. The notes' values within the "ligaturæ" are as follows: the left upstemmed notes are semibreves - the unstemmed notes are breves. The “musica ficta” suggestions are in the MIDI and MusicXML files. The MIDI and the source (MusicXML) files are zipped

General Information

Title: Vivo ego, dicit Dominus (2.p. Quis scit, si convertatur)
Composer: Ludwig Senfl
Source of text: Ezekiel 33:11 and Joel 2:14

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet sung on various occasions during Lent, including the Reconciliation of Penitents on Maundy Thursday

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: c.1541 in København, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, MS Gamle Kongelige Samling 1872, 4° [I] [Royal Danish Court].

Description: The only surviving source of this work is a hand-copied choirbook held in the Royal Danish Library. Like Alma redemptoris mater (Ludwig Senfl), it is not listed in New Grove.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Vivo ego, dicit Dóminus,
nolo mortem peccatóris,
sed ut magis convertátur et vivam.

Quis scit, si convertátur et ignóscat Deus,
et relínquat post se benedictiónem?

English.png English translation

As I live, says the Lord,
I desire not the death of a sinner,
rather that he turn from his way and live.

Who can tell whether God will turn and forgive,
and leave a blessing behind him?

Other variants of Original text and translations may be found at Vivo ego dicit Dominus.