Adrian Willaert (±1490-1562): Dilexi, quoniam exaudiet – O Domine libera

This motet which was one of those published in the collection called "Musica Nova" in Venice in 1559 it’s a four-part setting (SATB) that takes its text from the first nine verses of Psalm 114 (116) it would have been sung at Vespers and during the Office of The Dead.  It’s a hauntingly beautiful piece that never fails to move me. Enjoy :-).


Adrian Willaert (±1490-1562): Dilexi, quoniam exaudiet – O Domine libera

Dilexi, quoniam exaudiet Dominus vocem orationis
meae. Quia inclinavit aurem suam mihi:
et in diebus meis invocabo. Circumdederunt
me dolores mortis: et pericula inferni invenerunt
me. Tribulationem et dolorem inveni: et
nomen Domini invocavi.

I have loved, because the Lord will hear the
voice of my prayer. Because he hath inclined his
ear unto me: and in my days I will call upon
him. The sorrows of death have encompassed
me: and the perils of hell have found me. I met
with trouble and sorrow: and I called upon the
name of the Lord.

O Domine, libera animam meam: misericors
Dominus, et justus, et Deus noster miseretur.
Custodiens parvulos Dominus: humiliatus
sum, et liberavit me. Convertere anima mea, in
requiem tuam: quia Dominus benefecit tibi.
Quia eripuit animam meam de morte, oculos
meos a lacrimis, pedes meos a lapsu. Placebo
Domino in regione vivorum.

O Lord, deliver my soul. The Lord is merciful
and just, and our God sheweth mercy. The
Lord is the keeper of little ones: I was little and
he delivered me. Turn, O my soul, into thy rest:
for the Lord hath been bountiful to thee. For
he hath delivered my soul from death: my eyes
from tears, my feet from falling. I will please
the Lord in the land of the living.

Singer Pur

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