Cristóbal de Morales (±1500 –1553): Clamabat autem mulier Chananea

This Lenten motet which tells the story of the encounter between Jesus and the Canaanite woman whose daughter was possessed is unusual amongst de Morales’ motets in that it’s a narrative. It’s a five-part (SSATB) setting that pays close attention to the dialogue and action of the text. Enjoy :-).


Cristóbal de Morales (±1500 –1553): Clamabat autem mulier Chananea

Clamabat autem mulier Chananea:
Domine Jesu Christe, Fili David, adiuva me;
filia mea male a d’monio vexatur.
Respondens ei Dominus dixit.
Non sum missus nisi ad oves qu’ perirunt domus Israel.
At illa venit et adoravit eum, dicens: Domine adiuva me.
Respondens Jesus ait illi:
Mulier magna est fides tua; fiat tibi sicut vis.

But the Canaanite woman cried out:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of David, help me;
my daughter is sorely troubled with an evil spirit.
The Lord replied and said to her:
I am sent to none but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
But she drew near and implored him, saying: Lord, help me.
Jesus replied and said to her:
Woman, great is your faith; let it be as you wish.

Performers: Westminster Cathedral Choir conductor James O’Donnell.

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