Fourth Sunday in Advent 2013: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Canite tuba

Palestrina’s setting of Canite tuba (Sound the trumpet), a motet for the fourth Sunday of Advent, was first published in Venice in 1572 in his second book of motets for five, six and eight voices. it’s a beautifully crafted piece of music that perfectly expresses the sentiments of its texts ranging from the expansiveness of its opening line ‘Canite tuba in Sion, quia prope est dies Domini’ (Sound the trumpet in Sion, for the day of the Lord is nigh) to the mingled hope and pleading  of the final ‘veni Domine et noli tardare‘ (come, O Lord, and be not tardy). Enjoy :-).

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Text, Translation,  and Score: Canite tuba

Latin textEnglish translation
Canite tuba in Sion, quia prope est dies Domini:
ecce venit ad salvandum nos.
Erunt prava in directa, et aspera in vias planas:
veni Domine et noli tardare. Alleluia.
Sound the trumpet in Sion, for the day of the Lord is nigh:
behold, He cometh for our salvation.
The crooked shall be made straight: and the rough places plain:
come, O Lord, and be not tardy. Alleluia.
Rorate coeli desuper
et nubes pluant iustum:
aperiatur terra et germinet Salvatorem.
Ostende nobis Domine misericordiam tuam,
et salutare tuum da nobis:
veni Domine et noli tardare. Alleluia.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above
and let the clouds pour down righteousness:
let the earth open and bring forth the saviour.
Show us Thy mercy, O Lord,
and grant us Thy salvation:
come, O Lord, and be not tardy. Alleluia.
Score available from CPDL.

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