Prothomartyr et Livita (Giovanni Matteo Asola)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-07)   CPDL #56565:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2020-01-07).   Score information: A4, 38 pages, 308 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatoric edition. Cleffing modern but note-values and keys as in original. Ficta added.

Full score and separate scores for each choir and parts are included.

General Information

Title: Prothomartyr et Livita
Composer: Giovanni Matteo Asola
Lyricist: Adam of St. Victorcreate page

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotetSequence hymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1600

Description: A two choir setting of a compilation of lines from a Sequence for the feast of St. Stephanos protomartyr and Deacon (26 Dec): Heri mundus exultavit. The text of the sequence is commonly ascribed to Adam of St. Victor. Asola's setting uses lines: 7-9, 28-30, 34-36, 46-48, 43-45 and 60-63 of the sequence.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Prothomartyr et Levita,
  Clarus fide, clarus vita
  clarus et miraculis, (St. 7 - 9)

  Nomen habens coronati
  Te tormenta decet pati
  Pro corona gloriæ (St. 28-30)

  Tibi fiet mors natalis
  Tibi pena terminalis
  Dat vitæ primordiæ (St. 34-36)

  Tibi celos referari
  Tibi Christum revelari
  Clama voce libera (St.46-48)
  En a dextris Dei stantem.
  Iesum pro te dimicantem
  Stephane considera, (St.43-45)

  Quia Christo obedivit
  Et cum Christo semper vivit
  Martyrum primitiæ, (St.60-63)

English.png English translation

   Prothomartyr and Levite
   Brightnes of Faith, Brightnes of life,
   shining and miraculouse (St. 7 - 9)

   You who have the name of crowned.
   You who suffered torments
   to recieve The crown (St. 28-30)

   You whos Death became your birth
   You for whom deadly pain
   brought the dawn of life (St. 34-36)

   You who saw the heavens open
   and Christ revealed
   Crying with a free voice (St.46-48)
   You who stands at the righthand of God
   With Jesus speacing for you
   Steven consider (St.43-45)

   You who obeyed Christ
   You who live forever with Christ
   Fristfruit of martyr. (St.60-63)