Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Stella quam viderant Magi – Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

The Epiphany text Stella quam viderant Magi  was frequently set by Sixteenth century composers at least twenty of whom including Josquin Desprez and Palestrina set it. Palestrina’s setting is sung here by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge directed by Stephen Darlington during Choral Evensong from Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, 14th January 2015. I’ve put the text and translation below the video. Enjoy :-).


Video Source: ▶ Palestrina – Stella quam viderant Magi (Christ Church Cathedral, 2015) – YouTube Published on 5 May 2015 by Collegium Regale

Text & Translation: Stella quam viderant Magi

Stella quam viderant Magi in Oriente antecedebat eos donec venirent ad locum ubi puer erat
videntes autem eum gavisi sunt gaudio magno.

The star which the Wise Men saw in the East went before them until it came to where the Child was.
And when they saw it, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Et intrantes domum invenerunt Puerum cum Maria mater ejus et procidentes
adoraverunt eum, videntes autem eum.

And entering into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother: and falling down,
they worshipped him when they saw him.

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