Decus morum, dux minorum (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-29)   CPDL #50694:         
Editor: Phoebe Wing (submitted 2018-07-29).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcription from Franz Espagne's 1878 edition (Breitkopf & Härtel) of Tomus VIII, Opera omnia Ioannis Petraloysii Praenestini. Musica ficta taken from this edition. Subsequently raised a minor third, "vitae" corrected to "vite." MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Decus morum, dux minorum
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB (SATB and SAA sections)
Genre: SacredOffice hymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Hymni totius anni, no. 143

Description: "Medieval hymnographers also loved the trick used in this hymn, in which the last line of each stanza is the title (i.e. first line) of another hymn. (A similarly constructed piece is sung in the Cisterican Office of St Bernard.) The hymns thus quoted are all from the repertoire generally found in all medieval Uses of the Office.

Christe redemptor omnium - from Vespers of Christmas, pre-Urban VIII Aeterna Christi munera - from the Common of Apostles Vexilla regis prodeunt - from Vespers of Passiontide Beata nobis gaudia - from Lauds of Pentecost." --Gregory di Pippo, New Liturgical Movement (4 Oct. 2017)

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Decus morum,
dux minorum,
Franciscus tenens bravium:
in te vite
datur vitae
Christe Redemptor omnium.

Demptum solo,
datum polo,
signorum probant opera;
ergo vivit,
nam adivit
eterna Christi munera.

Hunc sequantur,
huic jungantur
qui ex Aegypto exeunt,
in quo duce
clara luce
vexilla regis prodeunt.

est dux fidus
clarum sidus
ducit, relucet devia
beata nobis gaudia.