This six-part through-composed votive antiphon sets Psalm 118:141-142 in the Vulgate1 . It’s a bit scaled down but still very substantial in terms of its structure and its musical texture which consists of very tightly woven imitative polyphony gets ever richer as the motet progresses. It’s more proof, if proof were needed, that Mundy was a brilliant composer whose music deserves to be better known.2
The text was popular with composers and it may be that Mundy composed this antiphon as part of a collaborative effort with Tye, White, and Parsons and that it was part of a sequence of antiphons meant to be performed as a group. Such collaborative efforts were far from unknown Mundy had already collaborated on a setting of In exitu Israel (Psalm 114). Enjoy :-)
William Mundy (±1529-1591): Adolescentulus sum ego
|Adolescentulus sum ego et contemptus; |
iustificationes tuas non sum oblitus.
Iustitia tua in aeternum;
et lex tua veritas.
Tribulatio et angustia invenerunt me;
mandata tua meditatio mea est.
Dignitas testimonia tua
Intellectum da mihi, et vivam.
Psalm 118 (119): 141-144
|I am but young and held in derision; |
I am not forgetful of your judgement.
Your justice is eternal,
and your law is truth.
Distress and tribulation have come upon me;
your commands fill my mind.
The righteousness of your testimonies
Grant me understanding and I shall live.
Performers: Magnificat directed by Philip Cave
- Psalm 119 in the modern psalter – mfi ↩
- Mundy’s contemporaries respected him greatly as this poem by Dow makes clear:
Ut lucem solis sequitur lux
Sic tu post Birdum Munde
As the moon’s light follows next
after the sun’s light
So you, Mundy,
come second after Byrd