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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