Josquin Des Prez (±1450 – 1521): Christum ducem, qui per crucem

Bonaventure Josquin’s setting of St. Bonaventure’s hymn is a beautifully precise and spare piece of music for four voices (SATB) arranged as a dialogue. Josquin composed it seperately and it can be performed either seperately as here or as part of a larger motet (Qui velatus) . Bonaventure’s text is typically medieval with one of those twists so beloved of medieval intellectuals – the last line of each verse is the first line of a hymn from the breviary.

Enjoy :-).


Josquin Des Prez (±1450 1521): Christum ducem, qui per crucem

Christum ducem, qui per crucem
Nos redemit ab hostibus
Laudet cantus noster laetus,
Exultet caelum laudibus.
Let our joyful song praise Christ
our leader, who by the cross
has saved us from our enemies;
let heaven ring with his praises.
Poena fortis tuae mortis,
Et sanguinis effusio,
Corda terant ut te quaerant,
Jesu nostra redemptio.
May the grievous torment of thy death
and the shedding of thy blood
bruise our hearts, that they may seek thee,
Jesus our salvation.
O felices, cicatrices,
Sputa, flagella, verbera,
Nobis grata sunt collata
Aeterna Christi munera.
May the blessed wounds,
spitting, blows and scourging
procure for us
the eternal gifts of Christ.
Nostrum tangat cor ne plangat
Tuorum sanguis vulnerum,
In quo toti sumus loti,
Conditor alme siderum.
May the blood of thy wounds touch our hearts
that they may not sorrow,
the blood in which we are all washed.
O bountiful creator of the stars.
Passionis tuae donis
Salvator nos inebria,
Qua fidelis dare velis
Beata nobis gaudia.
Saturate us, O Saviour,
with the gifts of thy passion,
by which means thou, O faithful one,
dost deign to give us blessed joys.

Text:Saint Bonaventure, born Giovanni di Fidanza (1221-1274)

Rachid Safir; Bernard Dehont; Philippe Balloy; Regis Oudot; Gael de Kerret; Bernard Fabre-Garrus; A Sei Voci

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