Alonso Lobo (1555-1617): O quam suavis est, Domine

During his lifetime Alonso Lobo was respected as the equal of  Tomás Luis de Victoria his music was very widespread being found in collections all over Catholic Christendom from the Sistine Chapel to the New World. He published his six-part motet O quam suavis est, Domine in 1607.  Its text is the antiphon for the Feast of Corpus Christi and consists of through-composed polyphony in which each of the six voices can clearly be heard particularly towards the end when each voice climbs gently through its fellows. The effect is one of sweetness and warmth almost madrigalian in its impact. Enjoy :-).


Text & Translation: O quam suavis est, Domine

O quam suavis est, Domine, Spiritus tuus
qui ut dulcedinem tuam
in filios demonstrares,
pane suavissimo de caelo praestito,
esurientes reples bonis,
fastidiosos divites
dimittens inanes.

Antiphon for the Feast of Corpus Christi

How gracious is your Spirit, O Lord,
who, to show your loving kindness
towards your children,
have given the sweetest bread of heaven,
filling the hungry with good things
and sending the discontented rich
away empty.

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