Domine, quid est homo? (Mark Chapman)

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  • CPDL #32191:            Ogg
Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2014-06-07).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 953 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The full score functions as an organ score. The specified wind and string doublings were what was available at the first performance. Separate part scores for these doublings are also attached here. Feel free to substitute instruments, or even (less ideally) perform with just organ. The specification of the solo/semichorus as S1A1T2B2 is an artifact of the typesetting process and not to be taken literally. The recording is of a different orchestration used for the second performance.

General Information

Title: Domine, quid est homo?
Composer: Mark Chapman

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAT.ATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

First published:

Description: This motet, with text excerpted from Psalm 8, imitates the Venetian polychoral style, with occasional shifts to more modern harmony, and a central section of a more intimate nature.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 8.

Latin.png Latin text

Domine Dominus noster quam admirabile est nomen tuum in universa terra!
quoniam elevata est magnificentia tua super caelos.
quoniam videbo caelos tuos; lunam et stellas quae tu fundasti;
quid est homo quod memor es eius?
aut filius hominis quoniam visitas eum?
minuisti eum paulo minus ab angelis,
gloria et honore coronasti eum.
Domine Dominus noster quam admirabile est nomen tuum in universa terra!
 

English.png English translation

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
When I consider thy heavens, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
(King James Version):