Manuel Cardoso: (1566-1650) Sitivit anima mea

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Cardoso’s motet Sitivit anima mea (My soul thirsts) was intended to be sung at the elevation of the host during Mass. Like much of his music it’s based on the stile antico which doesn’t prevent it from having great beauty. It’s an intesely vivid piece that reflects its text’s expression of the soul’s thirst for God and its desire to fly free and be at rest:

Quis dabit mihi pennas sicut columbæ et volabo et requiescam?
Who will give me wings as of a dove, and I shall fly and be at rest?

It’s sung below by the The choir of The Queen’s College Oxford conducted by Owen Rees. Enjoy :-)

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Text: Sitivit anima mea

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LatinEnglish
Sitivit anima mea ad Deum fortem vivum:
quando veniam et apparebo ante faciem Dei mei? Quis dabit mihi pennas sicut columbæ et volabo et requiescam?
My soul thirsts for the living God, the strong: when shall I come and appear before the face of my God?
Who will give me wings as of a dove, and I shall fly and be at rest?

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