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Friday, June 15, 2012

O Vos Omnes: de Victoria



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Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Choir: 19th Choral Summer School 'Camerata ad Libitum' workshop in Pontevedra, Spain)
Conductor: Tamara Brooks


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O vos omnes is a responsory, originally sung as part of Western liturgies for Holy Week, and now often sung as a motet. The text is adapted from the Latin Vulgate translation of Lamentations 1:12. It was often set, especially in the sixteenth century, as part of the Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday.

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Lamentations 1:12 English:

O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow: for he hath made a vintage of me, as the Lord spoke in the day of his fierce anger. [Lamentations 1:12]


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Latin:

O vos omnes qui transitis per viam, attendite et videte:

• Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.
V. Attendite, universi populi, et videte dolorem meum.
• Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.


English:

O all you who walk by on the road, pay attention and see:

• if there be any sorrow like my sorrow.
V. Pay attention, all people, and look at my sorrow:
• if there be any sorrow like my sorrow.

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