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SATB, viola, electric guitar, cello, double bass
Duration c. 6'
First performance "The 24", directed by John Potter, Gavin Bryars Ensemble
York University, February 11 2009

Note : Text of Lauda 38 "Ben è crudele"

Text of Lauda 38 "Ben è crudele"

Ben è crudele e spietoso

ki non si move a gran dolore

de la pena del salvatore

che di noi fo si amoroso.

 

Amoroso veramente

fo di noi cum gram pietança,

poi ke d'alt'onnipotente

discese ad nostra semblança.

Or non fo grande disiança

per noi prender humanitate

et darsi in altrui podestade

quei k'e sovr'ogne poderoso?

 

Ben è crudele e spietoso

ki non si move a gran dolore

de la pena del Salvatore

che di noi fo si amoroso.

 

Doloroso flagellando

incoronâro di spina,

vis' e corpo sanguinando

di voi fêr gran disciplina;

cum gram tempesta, cum gram ruina

vi fecer la croce portare,

et menarv'ad iustitiare

ad guisa de ladron otioso.

 

Ben è crudele e spietoso

ki non si move a gran dolore

de la pena del Salvatore

che di noi fo si amoroso.

 

 

 

Cruel and pitiless is he

who is not moved to great sorrow

by the suffering of the Saviour

who loved us so greatly.

 

Truly, he loved us so much,

with such great pity,

that he came down from his high throne of power

to take on human form.

Now was that not a great desire,

that he took on humanity for our sake,

that he who had power over all

gave himself into the power of others?

 

Cruel and pitiless is he

who is not moved to great sorrow

by the suffering of the Saviour

who loved us so greatly.

 

They whipped the man of sorrows,

they crowned him with thorns;

his body gushing with blood

took hard punishment for your sake.

With great torment, with great damage

they made him carry his cross

and let him to led him to judgment

like a lazy beggar.

 

Cruel and pitiless is he

who is not moved to great sorrow

by the suffering of the Saviour

who loved us so greatly.



Tenor, viola, cello, electric guitar, double bass
Duration c. 5'
First performance: John Potter and Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Union Chapel Islington, October 19 2009



For four voices (SATB) and four instruments (electric guitar, viola, cello, bass)

 

 

Note : Lauda 40

Lauda 40

Lauda 40 was written for my daughter Orlanda's vocal group Sonant Ensemble and my own ensemble. The premiere was at Will Alsop's space Testbed 1.  

Text

 

Lauda 40 "Madonna Santa Maria"

 

Madonna santa Maria,

mercè de noi peccatori;

faite prego al dolce Cristo

ke ne degia perdonata.

 

Madonna Santa Maria

che n'ài mostrata la via,

ore scacia ogne resia,

receve ki vol tornare.

 

Misericordia, patre Dio,

de tutto'l peccato meo:

e' so' quell malvasio reo

ke sempre volsi mal fare.

 

O tampinella e folle gente,

tornate a Dio onnipotente,

ke ne fece de niente

ed a lui dovem tornare.

 

Iesu Cristo, manda pace;

scàmpane da la fornace

la qual gemai altro non face

che i peccatori atormentare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary, holy Madonna,

have pity on us sinners;

make your prayer to sweet Christ

that he deigns to pardon us.

 

Mary, holy Madonna,

you who have shown us the way,

now drive out all earthly kingdoms,

and receive him who would return to you.

 

Have mercy, Father God,

on all my sin:

I am that wicked evildoer

who always wants to do wrong.

 

O mindlessly mimicking, foolish people,

turn to almighty God

who created you from nothing:

it is right for us to return to him.

 

Jesus Christ, send us peace;

save us from the furnace

which only exists

to torment sinners



Lauda for soprano, tenor, electric guitar, viola, cello, bass for festival in Normandy

Note : Lauda 41

Lauda 41

This was written for a festival in the very beautiful Abbaye du Bec Hellouin, Normandy. It was the first time that a soprano other tha Anna Friman sang the premiere of one of these pieces. She was unavailable and Peyee Chen replaced her. The venue was quite extraordinary with a wonderful resonance.

Lauda 41 "De la crudel morte de Cristo"

 

De la crudel morte de Cristo

on' hom pianga amaramente.

 

Quando Iuderi Cristo pilliâro,

d'ogne parte circundâro;

le sue mane strecto legâro

come ladro villanamente.

 

De la crudel morte de Cristo

on' hom pianga amaramente.

 

Trenta denar fo lo mercato

ke fece Juda, et fo pagato.

Mellio li fôra non esser nato

k'aver peccato sì duramente.

 

De la crudel morte de Cristo

on' hom pianga amaramente.

 

Molt'era trista sancta Maria,

quando 'l suo figlio en dea;

cum gran dolore forte piangeva

dicendo: "Trista, lassa, dolente."

 

De la crudel morte de Cristo

on' hom pianga amaramente.

 

A la colonna fo spoliato

per tutto 'l corpo flagellato,

l'ogne parte fo 'nsanguinato

commo falso amaramente.

 

De la crudel morte de Cristo

on' hom pianga amaramente.

 

Nel suo vulto li sputâro,

e la sua barba sì la pelâro;

facendo beffe, l'imputâro

ke Dio s'è falsamente.

 

De la crudel morte de Cristo

on' hom pianga amaramente.

 

Translation

For the cruel death of Christ

let every man weep bitterly.

When the Jews seized Christ

they surrounded him on every side;

they tied his hands tightly,

insulting him like a thief.

For the cruel death of Christ

let every man weep bitterly.

Thirty silver pieces was the price

which Judas demanded, and was paid.

It would have been better for him if he had never been born, than to have sinned so grievously.

For the cruel death of Christ

let every man weep bitterly.

Holy Mary was distraught

when she gave up her son;

she wept inconsolably with great sorrow

saying, "I am sad, miserable, sorrowful."

For the cruel death of Christ

let every man weep bitterly.

At the cross he was stripped bare,

whipped over all his body,

bled dry in every limb

bitterly as if he were a traitor.

For the cruel death of Christ

let every man weep bitterly.

They spat in his face,

and plucked out his beard;

they scoffed at him and accused him

of falsely claiming to be God.

For the cruel death of Christ

let every man weep bitterly.



A lauda for soprano, tenor, electcric guitar, viola, cello, double bass

Note : Lauda 42

Lauda 42

This was written for the May 2012 Vale of Glamorgan Festival and was first performed there. It is dedicated to the festival. It is one of the few laude that is both fast and loud. It takes its tempo ("tempo di Pinball Wizard"), and the opening heavy electric guitar attack, from The Who's Pinball Wizard. This idea comes from the existence of an email friendship between Gavin Bryars and The Who's Pete Townshend.



A work in lauda form for electric guitar, cello and bass clarinet.

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Note : Lauda Rubata a Tre

Lauda Rubata a Tre

Commissioned by the York Late Music Festival this piece draws on the fact that three of Gavin Bryars' musicians, who have played with him in various ensemble configurations over the years, were performing together in the rest of the programme, though he had never previously written for these three players as a self-contained unit. The dedications help clarify the musical imagery.

One part of the dedication is "In Memoriam Chico Hamilton". Chico Hamilton led a number of interesting and innovative quintets/sextets in the 1950s, having been the drummer in the original Gerry Mulligan quartet, and in the film Jazz on a Summer's Day (Newport Jazz Festival 1958) there is a lovely drum solo in which he just uses mallets.

His own groups employed imaginative and unusual combinations of instruments, and in the late 1950s he led a group that included electric guitar, cello and the bass clarinetist Eric Dolphy (though generally playing flute at that time) - and this trio is what we have here. The guitarist was Dennis Budimir (later replaced by Jim Hall) and the cellist Fred Katz (almost certainly the only jazz jazz cellist of the period who, unlike Red Mitchell or Oscar Pettiford, had not stepped down/up from the double bass).

Chico Hamilton died quite recently, within a few weeks of Jim Hall and Fred Katz... Dolphy, of course, died in the 1960s.

The other dedication is to my friend and former student Craig Vear, who had a work in the same concert. I first met Craig I interviewed and auditioned him as a drummer. In the absence of any drum kit in the vicinity, I had him play rudiments on my metal brief case - which would not have been so severely damaged had he, like Chico Hamilton, used mallets...

 

 



Viola, electric guitar, cello, double bass
Duration c. 13'
First performance, Gavin Bryars Ensemble, York University February 11 2009



Since early 2002 I have been writing a number of Laude. Each one features the soprano voice, some unaccompanied solo, some with other voices, some with instruments. They are all written for Anna Maria Friman (where there are three sopranos this is written for Trio Mediaeval, which includes Anna; where there is a tenor voice this is written always for John Potter)

  1. Venite a laudare (soprano solo)
  2. Laude novella (soprano solo)
  3. Ave donna santissima (soprano solo)
  4. Oi me lasso (soprano and tenor)
  5. Altissima luce (three sopranos, unison)
  6. Da ciel venne messo novella (soprano and tenor)
  7. Ave regina gloriosa (three sopranos, divisi)
  8. Regina sovrana (soprano solo)
  9. Ave dei genitrix (soprano and tenor)
  10. O Maria, d'omelia (soprano solo)
  11. Salve, salve, virgo pia (soprano and tenor)
  12. Alta trinita beata (soprano, tenor, viola, bass)
  13. Stomme allegro (soprano, tenor, viola, bass)
  14. Jesu Cristo glorioso (soprano, tenor, bass)
  15. O Maria, Dei cella (soprano solo)
  16. Laudamo la resurrectione (soprano, tenor, bass)
  17. Ve vergine gaudente (soprano solo)
  18. Cristo e nato et humanato (three sopranos)
  19. Omne homo (soprano, tenor, bass)
  20. Vergene donçella (three sopranos, tenor)
  21. O Divina virgo flore (soprano solo)
  22. Fammi cantar l'amor (nine female voices)
  23. Fammi cantar l'amor (nine female voices) - different setting
  24. Dami conforto Dio (eleven female voices)
  25. Dami conforto Dio (three sopranos)
  26. "Plangiamo del crudel basciar" for soprano, tenor, viola, cello, bass
  27. "Lauda vollio per amore" for soprano, tenor, bass
  28. "Amor dolce sença pare" for soprano, tenor, viola, cello, bass
  29. "O divina virgo, flore" for soprano and bass (addition of bass to Lauda 21)
Note : Text of Lauda Translations

Text of Lauda Translations


Lauda 1 "Venite a laudare"

Venite a laudare,                 Come and give praise:
per amor cantare                 for the sake of love, sing
l'amorosa vergene Maria.        to the loving Virgin Mary.
    
Maria gloriosa biata             Glorious, blessed Mary,
sempre si' molto laudata;        may great praise be yours for ever;
preghiam ke ne si' avocata         we pray that you will intercede for us
al tuo filiol, virgo pio.        to your Son, O holy Virgin.
   
Venite a laudare,                 Come and give praise:
per amor cantare                 for the sake of love, sing
l'amorosa vergene Maria.        to the loving Virgin Mary.
   
Pietosa regina sovrana,         Holy sovereign Queen,
conforta la mente ch'è vana,     comfort our empty minds;
grande medicina ke sana,         you are the great cure which heals:
aiutane per tua cortisia.        help us, through your kindness.
   
Venite a laudare,                 Come and give praise:
per amor cantare                 for the sake of love, sing
l'amorosa vergene Maria.        to the loving Virgin Mary.
   
Vigorosa potente biata,         Vigorous, strong, blessed lady,
per te è questa laude cantata,     for you this song of praise is sung;
tu se' la nostra avocata,         you are our advocate,
la più fedel que mai sia.        the most faithful there could ever be.
   
Venite a laudare,                 Come and give praise:
per amor cantare                 for the sake of love, sing
l'amorosa vergene Maria.        to the loving Virgin Mary.
   
   

Lauda 2 "Laude novella"   

   
Laude novella sia cantata         Let a new song of praise be sung
a l'alta donna encoronata.        to the Lady crowned on high.
   
Fresca vergene donçella,         Innocent virgin maid,
primo fior, rosa novella,         Spring's first flower, new rose,
tutto 'l mondo a te s'apella,     the whole world calls upon you;
nella bon 'or fosti nata.        the day you were born was blessed.
   
Laude novella sia cantata         Let a new song of praise be sung
a l'alta donna encoronata.        to the Lady crowned on high.
   
Fonte se' d'aqqua surgente,     You are the spring of gurgling water,
Madre de Dio vivente,             Mother of the living God;
tu se' luce de la gente,         you are the light of the people,
sovra li angeli exaltata.        exalted above the angels.
   
Laude novella sia cantata         Let a new song of praise be sung
a l'alta donna encoronata.        to the Lady crowned on high.
   
Prego t', avocata mia,             I beseech you, my advocate,
ke ne metti en bona via,         to set us on the good path;
questa nostra compania             may this assembly of ours
síate sempre commendata.        always be pleasing to you.
   
Laude novella sia cantata         Let a new song of praise be sung
a l'alta donna encoronata.        to the Lady crowned on high.
   
   

Lauda 3 "Ave donna santissima" 
  
   
Ave donna santissima,             Hail, Lady most holy,
Regina potentissima.            all-powerful Queen.
   
La vertù celestiale             The kindest heavenly virtue
colla gratia supernale             with divine grace
en te, virgo virginale,         in you, innocent Virgin,
discese benignissima.            came down to us.
   
Ave donna santissima,             Hail, Lady most holy,
Regina potentissima.            all-powerful Queen.
   
Quasi come la vitrera,             Just as with a pane of glass,
quando li rai del sole la fiera,when the rays of the sun beat upon it,
dentro passa quella spera         through it passes that sphere
k'è tanto splendidissima.        which is utterly resplendent.
   
Ave donna santissima,             Hail, Lady most holy,
Regina potentissima.            all-powerful Queen.
   
Stando colle porte kiuse         Standing with the doors closed,
en te Cristo se renchiuse:         Christ concealed himself in you:
quando de te se deschiuse         when he revealed himself
permansisti purissima.            you remained completely pure.
   
Ave donna santissima,             Hail, Lady most holy,
Regina potentissima.            all-powerful Queen.

 



Lauda 4 "Oi me lasso"

Oi me lasso, e freddo lo mio core,     Ah, poor me, my heart is cold,
ke non sospiri tanto per amore     for does it not sigh with love
ke tu morisse?    enough to die?

Morire dovaresti, falso sconoscente,     You should have died, false and thankless heart,
villano, cieco, pigro e negligente,     villainous, blind, lazy and negligent,
ké per amor non vivi fervente     since you do not live so fervent with love
sì ke languise.    that you languish.

Oi me lasso, e freddo lo mio core,     Ah, poor me, my heart is cold,
ke non sospiri tanto per amore     for does it not sigh with love
ke tu morisse?    enough to die?

Perire potaresti si non se' defeso     You should have died, if you were not protected
dal grande amor Iesù da cui se' ateso:     by the great love of Jesus, to which you have turned:
vôlte abracciare e sta en croce desteso,    he longs to embrace you, and hangs stretched upon
s'a lui venisse.    the cross, that you may come to him.

Oi me lasso, e freddo lo mio core,     Ah, poor me, my heart is cold,
ke non sospiri tanto per amore     for does it not sigh with love
ke tu morisse?    enough to die?

Transmortisci, cuore, e và gridando;    Faint, my heart, and go out shouting,
e pure amore amore amore amando,     and loving Love-Love-Love;
ke no l'ai puramente amato và dolorando,    since you have not loved purely, go forth sorrowing,
e parturisce!    and be born again!

Oi me lasso, e freddo lo mio core,     Ah, poor me, my heart is cold,
ke non sospiri tanto per amore     for does it not sigh with love
ke tu morisse?    enough to die?



Lauda 5 "Altissima luce"


Altissima luce col grande splendore,    Most exalted light, shining with great glory,
in voi, dolçe amore, agiam consolança.    in you, sweet love, is our consolation.

Ave, regina pulçell' amorosa,    Hail, queen and maiden full of love,
stella marina ke non stai nascosa,    the star of the sea which does not keep hidden,
luce divina, virtù gratiosa,    divine light, gracious virtue,
belleça formosa, di Dio se' sembiança.    exquisite beauty, you are the image of God.

Altissima luce col grande splendore,    Most exalted light, shining with great glory,
in voi, dolçe amore, agiam consolança.    in you, sweet love, is our consolation.

Ave Maria, di gratia plena,    Hail, Mary, full of grace,
tu se' la via c'a vita ci mena;    you are the way which leads us to life;
di tenebria traesti e di pena    the earthly race, which was in great peril,
la gente terrena k'era 'n gran turbança.    You have rescued from darkness and punishment.

Altissima luce col grande splendore,    Most exalted light, shining with great glory,
in voi, dolçe amore, agiam consolança.    in you, sweet love, is our consolation.

Vergene pura cum tutta belleça,    Pure virgin with all beauty,
sença misura è la tua grandeça:    your greatness is without limit:
nostra natura recasti a frankeça    you have willingly borne our nature
k'era a vileça per molta offesança.    which was vile through our many sins.

Altissima luce col grande splendore,    Most exalted light, shining with great glory,
in voi, dolçe amore, agiam consolança.    in you, sweet love, is our consolation.



Lauda 6 "Da ciel venne messo novello"


Da ciel venne messo novello     From heaven came a new messenger:
ciò fo l'angel Gabriello.         it was the angel Gabriel.

Nella cità di Galilea;             In the city of Galilee
là 'v'era la gente iudea,         there was the race of Judah,
favellavano in lengua ebrea     speaking in the Hebrew language
in cità et in castello.            in the city and in the castle.

Da ciel venne messo novello     From heaven came a new messenger:
ciò fo l'angel Gabriello.         it was the angel Gabriel.

"Ave Maria, gratia plena;         "Hail Mary, full of grace;
Dio ti salvi, stella serena:     may God save you, star serene:
Dio è con teco che ti mena         God is with you, and he leads you
ennel paradiso bello."            into lovely paradise."

Da ciel venne messo novello     From heaven came a new messenger:
ciò fo l'angel Gabriello.         it was the angel Gabriel.

Respose la kiara stella:         The bright star replied:
"lo son qui ke so' su' ancella: "Here I am, your handmaiden:
sia secundo la tua favella,     let it be according to your word,
cusì mi chiamo et appello."        for thus I am called and named."

Da ciel venne messo novello     From heaven came a new messenger:
ciò fo l'angel Gabriello.         it was the angel Gabriel.



Lauda 7 "Ave, regina gloriosa"


Ave, regina gloriosa,            Hail, glorious queen,
plena d'ogne consolança.    full of all consolation.

Ave, pulcra margarita,    Hail, beautiful pearl,
splendida luce clarita;    clear shining light;   
fresca rosa et aulorita,    fresh rose and fragrance,
nostro gaudio et alegrança.    our joy and delight.

Ave, regina gloriosa,    Hail, glorious queen,
plena d'ogne consolança.    full of all consolation.

Ave, regina adorata,     Hail, adored queen,
virgene madre beata;    blessed virgin mother;
poi ke fosti salutata,    since you received your salutation
madre se' de gran pietança.    you have been our mother of great holiness.

Ave, regina gloriosa,    Hail, glorious queen,
plena d'ogne consolança.    full of all consolation.

Ave, porto de salute;    Hail, gateway of salvation;
ki ben t'ama tu l'aiute;    you help whoever loves you well;
guardane di far cadute,    save him from falling into error,
tràici for de dubitança.    and keep us free from doubting thoughts.

Ave, regina gloriosa,    Hail, glorious queen,
plena d'ogne consolança.    full of all consolation.



Lauda 8 "Regina sovrana"


Regina sovrana de gram pietade,     Sovereign Queen of great mercy,
en te, dolçe madre, agiam reposança.    in you, sweet Mother, we find repose.

Stella chiarita col grande splendore,     Star made bright by [God's] great glory,
gente smarite traheste d'errore:     you have saved lost peoples from error:
reggi la vita sì ch'a tutte l'ore     rule our lives so that at all times
reserviam leança.    we keep our loyalty to you.

Regina sovrana de gram pietade,     Sovereign Queen of great mercy,
en te, dolçe madre, agiam reposança.    in you, sweet Mother, we find repose.

Giardin ornato de fresca verdura,     Garden adorned with fresh foliage,
fosti serrato de forte clausura;     you were strongly locked and barred;
tuo fructo nato non pose natura     the birth of your offspring imposed not nature,
ma grande sperança.    but the great force of hope.

Regina sovrana de gram pietade,     Sovereign Queen of great mercy,
en te, dolçe madre, agiam reposança.    in you, sweet Mother, we find repose.

Bel gillio d'orto, cristallo splendente,     Lovely lily of the garden, gleaming crystal,
L'om ch'era morto facesti vivente:     you have brought back to life the man who died:
se' gran conforto a l'om penitente,     you are the great comfort of the penitent man,
e dàili fermança.    and give him steady strength.

Regina sovrana de gram pietade,     Sovereign Queen of great mercy,
en te, dolçe madre, agiam reposança.    in you, sweet Mother, we find repose.

Amen.    Amen.



Lauda 9 "Ave Dei genitrix"


Ave, Dei genitrix,     Hail, Mother of God,
fontana d'alegrança.    fount of joy.

Ave, fonte consignata,     Hail, sealed fountain,
de la stirpe David nata,     born of the race of David,
più de null' altra se' beata:     you are blessed above all others:
avest'in Deo verace amança.    you have true love in God.

Ave, Dei genitrix,     Hail, Mother of God,
fontana d'alegrança.    fount of joy.

Variò forte natura     Nature changed her nature
Quando 'n te, vergene pura,     when in you, O pure virgin,
lo Signor prese figura     the Lord took human form
sença carnal delectança.    without carnal delight.

Ave, Dei genitrix,     Hail, Mother of God,
fontana d'alegrança.    fount of joy.

Donna, de laude se' degna,     Lady, you are worthy of praise,
ké portasti l'alta 'nsengna, &n bsp;   for you have borne the highest badge of honour:
lo Salvator ke viv'et regna    the Saviour who lives and reigns,
per cui sem for de malignança.    through whom we are beyond the grasp of evil.

Ave, Dei genitrix,     Hail, Mother of God,
fontana d'alegrança.    fount of joy.



Lauda 10 "O Maria, d'omelia"


O Maria, d'omelia     O Mary, of sacred learning
se' fontana, fior e grana:    you are the fount, the flower and the fruit:
de me aia pietança.    have mercy on me.

Gram reina, chi inchina ciascun regno,     Great Queen, to whom all kingdoms bow,
si m'affina la curina quando segno,     if your kindness purifies me when I cross myself,
io non degno, 'n core tegno     I am not worthy; in my heart
tua figura chiar' e pura,     I hold your image, clear and pure.
ch'ongne mal m'è 'n obliança.    which atones for every evil in me.

O Maria, d'omelia     O Mary, of sacred learning
se' fontana, fior e grana:    you are the fount, the flower and the fruit:
de me aia pietança.    have mercy on me.

Ros' aulente splendiente, fà venire     Fragrant and dazzling rose, make me,
me fallente, tuo servente, obedire,     your servant, come to obey you, in spite of my sins;
cum çechire reverire;     may I worship and revere you,
te laudando honorando     with praise and respect:
agia de te consolança.    grant me your solace.

O Maria, d'omelia     O Mary, of sacred learning
se' fontana, fior e grana:    you are the fount, the flower and the fruit:
de me aia pietança.    have mercy on me.

Gran rugiata candidata pur' e necta,     Gleaming white, dewy seed, pure and clean,
anti nata per beata da Di' electa,     before your birth chosen to be blessed by God,
tu m'aspecta ch'io rimetta,     you await my submission,
ch'io sum ciso mal assiso,    if I am killed under siege,
ch'io non vada 'n perdança.    so that I do not go down to perdition.

O Maria, d'omelia     O Mary, of sacred learning
se' fontana, fior e grana:    you are the fount, the flower and the fruit:
de me aia pietança.    have mercy on me.

Amen.    Amen.



Lauda 11 "Salve, salve, virgo pia"


Salve, salve, virgo pia,     Hail, hail, holy virgin,
gema splendida, Maria.    gleaming jewel, Mary.

Or cantiam cum gram dilecto     Let us now sing with great delight
de l'amor nostro perfecto,     of that perfect love of ours
ke prechi pro nobis Cristo,     who prays to Christ for us,
ke sia nostra lux et via.    who is our light and our way.

Salve, salve, virgo pia,     Hail, hail, holy virgin,
gema splendida, Maria.    gleaming jewel, Mary.

Or cantiam con alegrança     Let us now sing with joy
de la bella nostra amança,     of our beautiful lover,
k'ell'è nostra consolança:     for she is our solace:
sempre benedicta sia.    may she ever be blessed.

Salve, salve, virgo pia,     Hail, hail, holy virgin,
gema splendida, Maria.    gleaming jewel, Mary.

Ad te amor avén cantato:     Since to you we have sung our love,
bella, col santo portato     beautiful lady, with the saint whom you bore
facci star dal dextro lato,     let us stand at your right side,
possiam farte compagnia.    permit us to be your companions.

Salve, salve, virgo pia,     Hail, hail, holy virgin,
gema splendida, Maria.    gleaming jewel, Mary.



Lauda 12 "Alta Trinità beata"


Alta Trinità beata,     High and blessed Trinity,
da noi sempre sì adorata.    may we always worship you.

Trinitade gloriosa,     Glorious Trinity,
unità maravilliosa,     wonderful Unity,
tu se' manna savorosa     you are delicious manna,
a tut'or desiderata.    desired every hour.

Alta Trinità beata,     High and blessed Trinity,
da noi sempre sì adorata.    may we always worship you.

Spiritu sancto, amor iocundo,     Joyful love of the Holy Spirit,
ke rempisti tutto 'l mondo,     you whom redeemed the whole world,
tu ne guarda dal profundo     save us from the depths of hell
et perdona li peccata.    and pardon our sins.

Alta Trinità beata,     High and blessed Trinity,
da noi sempre sì adorata.    may we always worship you.

O verace Trinitade     O true Trinity,
fà per la tua pietade     through your mercy grant
ke nostra humilitade     that our humility
en vita eterna si' exaltata.    might be raised to eternal life.

Alta Trinità beata,     High and blessed Trinity,
da noi sempre sì adorata.    may we always worship you.



Lauda 13 "Stomme allegro"


Stomme allegro et latioso     I am merry and gleeful
questo mondo delectando:     when I take pleasure in this world:
ma 'l iudicio rimenbrando     but when I remember the day of judgment
sto dolente et pauroso.    I grieve and tremble with fear.

Pauroso è di fallança     Terrifying and misleading
questo mondo pien d'errore.     is this world full of error;
Signor, faite penitentia,     Lord, be merciful
ke s'aproccia 'l grand errore     when great sin comes close
ke'l nimico arà 'l valore;     and the enemy is strong:
ciò fie a la fine del mondo,     that will be at the end of the world,
ke ciascun sirà remondo     when every man shall be cleansed
d'esto dilecto fetoroso.    from these stinking pleasures.

Stomme allegro et latioso     I am merry and gleeful
questo mondo delectando:     when I take pleasure in this world:
ma 'l iudicio rimenbrando     but when I remember the day of judgment
sto dolente et pauroso.    I grieve and tremble with fear.

Luminosi splendienti     Bright and shining
angeli da ciel verranno;    angels will come from heaven;
le corpora de la gente     the bodies of the people,
tutte quante rifaranno:     every one, shall be transformed:
altri cum tube sonando     other angels, with sounding trumpets,
diranno ai morti: "Surrexite!     will say to the dead: "Rise up!
dinançi al iudice venite     come into the Judge's presence
di render rascion d'ogn'otioso."    to give account for every hateful deed."

Stomme allegro et latioso     I am merry and gleeful
questo mondo delectando:     when I take pleasure in this world:
ma 'l iudicio rimenbrando     but when I remember the day of judgment
sto dolente et pauroso.    I grieve and tremble with fear.



Lauda 14 "Jesu Cristo glorioso"


Iesù Cristo glorioso,     Glorious Jesus Christ,
a te sia laude e çechimento,     may you be praised and worshipped,
ke per noi surreximento     who for our sake
facesti victorioso.    have risen victorious from the dead.

Victorioso el terço die     Victorious on the third day
facesti surreximento;     you arose from the dead:
per unger le tre Marie     the three Marys
de lo tuo corpo al monimento     went with precious ointment
andar cum pretios' unguento:     to anoint your body in the tomb.
l'angel dixe: "nonn è quie;     The angel said: "He is not here;
in Galilea, ke surrexio,    to Galilee he who has risen from the dead
voi precederà gratioso."    will go in grace before you."

Iesù Cristo glorioso,     Glorious Jesus Christ,
a te sia laude e çechimento,     may you be praised and worshipped,
ke per noi surreximento     who for our sake
facesti victorioso.    have risen victorious from the dead.

Desiose lor contâro     Overjoyed, they related [to the apostles]
ciò ke Cristo dect' avea:     what Christ had said to them:
lo lor decto despreççaro,     but they disbelieved their words,
crediano fosse fantasia.    thinking that they were stories.
Poi raparbe 'n quella dia;     Then he reappeared on the same day;
a duo discipuli fe' cena     he had dinner with two of the apostles
al castello d'Emau, apena    at the castle of Emmaus, but scarcely
l'avisar, lo' fo nascosto.    had he revealed himself, when he was hidden.

Iesù Cristo glorioso,     Glorious Jesus Christ,
a te sia laude e çechimento,     may you be praised and worshipped,
ke per noi surreximento     who for our sake
facesti victorioso.    have risen victorious from the dead.

Pensosi fra lor essendo,     As he was among those anxious men,
L'apparbe 'l Signor verace;     the true Lord appeared to them:
dixe: "Non andate temendo     He said: "Do not be afraid
de me, k'io non so' fallace.     of me: I am not a liar.
Sempre aviate in fra voi pace,     Peace be with you always;
et cercate le kiavadure,     seek the marks of the nails;
ke le mente aviate pure:    keep your minds pure,
di me ogn'om sia copioso."    that every man may know me abundantly."

Iesù Cristo glorioso,     Glorious Jesus Christ,
a te sia laude e çechimento,     may you be praised and worshipped,
ke per noi surreximento     who for our sake
facesti victorioso.    have risen victorious from the dead.



Lauda 15 "O Maria, Dei cella"


O Maria, Dei cella,     O Mary, shrine of God,
sia a voi luce sempiterna.    may you have everlasting light.

O Maria, savia d'amore,     O Mary, wise in love,
sì fort' amasti Dio signore,     you loved the Lord God so much
ke de te feci sua mascione     that he made you his mansion
allor ke prese albergo 'n terra.    when he made his home on earth.

O Maria, Dei cella,     O Mary, shrine of God,
sia a voi luce sempiterna.    may you have everlasting light.

O Maria, virgene pura,     O Mary, pure virgin,
porta se' del cielo sicura     you are the certain gate of heaven;
ki per te v'entra non trova mura     whoever enters through you finds no wall
né serrame ke lo retegna.    or lock to keep him out.

O Maria, Dei cella,     O Mary, shrine of God,
sia a voi luce sempiterna.    may you have everlasting light.

O Maria, cum grande pietade     O Mary, through your great mercy
a voi kiamam cum humilitade,     we call upon you with humility,
ke tu ce debia sempr' aitare      asking you to help us always
dal nimico ke non ce prenda.    to avoid the grasp of the enemy.

O Maria, Dei cella,     O Mary, shrine of God,
sia a voi luce sempiterna.    may you have everlasting light.



Lauda 16 "Laudamo la resurrectione"


Laudamo la resurrectione     Let us praise the resurrection
e la mirabile ascensione    and the miraculous ascension

di Jesu Cristo filiol de Dio     of Jesus Christ the Son of God,       
ch' al suo padre se ne gìo,     in whom his Father rejoiced,
e 'n cotal dì en ciel salìo:     and on such a day as this rose into heaven:
san Marco 'l dice in suo sermone.    St Mark tells the story in his Gospel.

Laudamo la resurrectione     Let us praise the resurrection
e la mirabile ascensione.    and the miraculous ascension.

In terra rimasi la gloriosa     The glorious virgin remained on earth,
la vergine madre pretiosa,     our pretious Mother,
santa Maria a pietosa,     holy Saint Mary,
k'è nostra consolatione.    Who is our consolation.

Laudamo la resurrectione     Let us praise the resurrection
e la mirabile ascensione.    and the miraculous ascension.

Li apostoli poi n'andaro,     Then the apostles went out
per tutto 'l mondo predicaro.     to preach throughout the whole world:
La vita eterna e 'l regno caro     eternal life and the beloved kingdom
Dio ne dea per guidardone.    God gives us as our reward.

Laudamo la resurrectione     Let us praise the resurrection
e la mirabile ascensione.    and the miraculous ascension.

Amen.    Amen.



Lauda 17 "Ave, vergene gaudente"


Ave, vergene gaudente,     Hail, joyful virgin,
madre de l'Onnipotente.    Mother of the all-powerful.

Lo Signor per meravegla     The Lord through a miracle
de te feice madre e filia,     made you both Mother and Maiden,
rosa biamch'e vermegla     a rose both white and red,
sovr' ogl' altro fiore aulente.    more fragrant than any other flower.

Ave, vergene gaudente,     Hail, joyful virgin,
madre de l'Onnipotente.    Mother of the all-powerful.

O beata ke credesti     O blessed lady, you believed
al messagio ke vedesti,     the messenger whom you saw,
lo saluto retinesti     you kept his message in your heart
colla gratia fervente.    with devout grace.

Ave, vergene gaudente,     Hail, joyful virgin,
madre de l'Onnipotente.    Mother of the all-powerful.

O Maria, virgo degna,     O Mary, worthy virgin,
priega Cristo ke ne tegna;     pray to Christ that he keep us
al suo regno, ne sovegna,     in his kingdom, and remember us:
per noi sia entercedente.    be an intermediary for us.

Ave, vergene gaudente,     Hail, joyful virgin,
madre de l'Onnipotente.    Mother of the all-powerful.



Lauda 18 "Cristo è nato et humanato"


Cristo è nato et humanato    Christ is born in human form
per salvar la gente    to save the people
k'era perduta e descaduta    that was lost and fallen
nel primer parente.    through our first parent, Adam.

Nato è Cristo     Christ has been born
per fare aquisto     to gain
de noi peccatori;    us sinners;
k'eram partiti     for we had parted
et dispartiti     and departed
dai suoi servidori;    from his servants,
perké fallenti     because we had failed
e non serventi     and not served well
ma desservidori    but been evil servants:
eramo facti     we had become
da cului tracti     followers of
k'è tutor fallente.    The teacher of evil.

Cristo è nato et humanato    Christ is born in human form
per salvar la gente    to save the people
k'era perduta e descaduta    that was lost and fallen
nel primer parente.    through our first parent, Adam.

Summ' alegreçça,     Great joy,
summa forteça,     great strength -
Cristo è nato 'n terra;    Christ is born on earth;
summa forteça     great strength
per cui se spreçça     for which contempt is shown
ben ogn' altra guerra     in every other war
de lo nimico     by the enemy,
serpente antiquo     the ancient serpent,
nostro ingannatore;    our deceiver,
de cui valore     who gives his power
doni a tutt' ore,     at all times
a ki li consente.    to whoever takes his side.

Cristo è nato et humanato    Christ is born in human form
per salvar la gente    to save the people
k'era perduta e descaduta    that was lost and fallen
nel primer parente.    through our first parent, Adam.



Lauda 19 "Omne homo"


Omne homo ad alta voce     Let all mankind with loud voice
laudi la verace croce.    praise the true cross.

Quanto è digna da laudare,     How worthy it is of praise
core no lo pò pensare,     no heart can imagine,
lengua non lo pò contare,     no tongue can recite:
la verace sancta croce.    the true, holy cross.

Omne homo ad alta voce     Let all mankind with loud voice
laudi la verace croce.    praise the true cross.

La sua madre cum dolore    His own mother with grief
kiama e dice: "Dolçe amore,     called out and said: "Sweet love,
oimè, fillio e signore,     alas, my Son and Lord,
perké fosti posto in cruce?"    why were you hung on the cross?"

Omne homo ad alta voce     Let all mankind with loud voice
laudi la verace croce.    praise the true cross.

Dice Cristo: "O madre mia,     Christ replied: "O my mother,
quest' è l'obediença mia:     this is my act of obedience:
ke se compia in questa dia     on this day
k'io moia nella croce."    I must die upon the cross."

Omne homo ad alta voce     Let all mankind with loud voice
laudi la verace croce.    praise the true cross.



Lauda 20 "Vergene donçella"


Vergene donçella da Dio amata,     Virgin maid loved by God,
Katarina martire beata.    blessed martyr Katharine.

Tu fosti beata da fantina,    You were blessed since childhood,
perké fo 'n te la gratia divina;    for divine grace was in you;
nata fosti en terra alexandrina,    you were born in the land of Alexandria,
in omgni scientia collaudata.    praised for its scientific knowledge.

Vergene donçella da Dio amata,     Virgin maid loved by God,
Katarina martire beata.    blessed martyr Katharine.

Fillia fo de re e raina    you were the daughter of a king and queen,
la beata santa Katerina,    blessed Saint Katharine;
de li erranti gram medicina,    although they sinned, you were their cure;
disputando da lor venerata.    they revered you in spite of your disagreement.

Vergene donçella da Dio amata,     Virgin maid loved by God,
Katarina martire beata.    blessed martyr Katharine.

Stando nel palaçço gratiosa    Graciously situated in a palace,
tutta fosti de Dio amorosa;    you were completely in love with God;
cum gran voluntà desiderosa    so with great longing and desire
a Iesù dilecto desponsata.    you became the bride of your beloved Jesus.

Vergene donçella da Dio amata,     Virgin maid loved by God,
Katarina martire beata.    blessed martyr Katharine.



Lauda 21 "O divina virgo, flore"


O divina virgo, flore     O divine virgin, flower
aulorita d'ogne aulore.    most fragrant of all fragrances.

Tu se' flor ke sempre grane,     You are the flower that is always a seed,
molta gratia in te permane;     much grace abides in you;
tu portasti 'l vino e pane,     you bore the wine and bread,
cioè 'l nostro Redemptore.    that is, our Redeemer.

O divina virgo, flore     O divine virgin, flower
aulorita d'ogne aulore.    most fragrant of all fragrances.

Tu se' via de veritade,     You are the way of truth,
scala se' d'umilitade;     the ladder of humility;
de te prese humanitade     from you Jesus our Redeemer
Iesù nostro redemptore.    took his humanity.

O divina virgo, flore     O divine virgin, flower
aulorita d'ogne aulore.    most fragrant of all fragrances.

Ave, virgo incoronata,     Hail, crowned virgin,
ave, Dio obumbrata,     hail, overshadowed by God,
ke 'm ciel se' encoronata     for you are crowned in heaven,
madre d'ogne peccatore.    the mother of every sinner.

O divina virgo, flore     O divine virgin, flower
aulorita d'ogne aulore.    most fragrant of all fragrances.



Lauda 22 "Fammi cantar l'amor"


Fammi cantar l'amor di la beata,    Let me sing of the love of the blessed virgin -
quella ke de Cristo sta gaudente.    she who rejoices in Christ.

Dammi conforto, madre de l'amore,    Give me comfort, Mother of Love,
et mette fuoco et fiamba nel mio core;    and put your fire and flame into my heart;
ki t'amasse tanto a tutte l'ore    may I love you greatly and at all times,
k'io ne transmortisse spessamente.    So that I may often swoon with love.

Fammi cantar l'amor di la beata,    Let me sing of the love of the blessed virgin -
quella ke de Cristo sta gaudente.    she who rejoices in Christ.

Confortami di te, madonna mia,    Send me your comfort, my Lady,
et giorno et nocte a l'ora de la dia;    but day and night, at every hour;
come se' dolçe a chiamar, Maria,    it is so sweet to call your name, Mary,
ke par ke rimbaldisca tutta gente.    that it seems to re-echo among all people.

Fammi cantar l'amor di la beata,    Let me sing of the love of the blessed virgin -
quella ke de Cristo sta gaudente.    she who rejoices in Christ.

Vergine bella, fior sovr' ogni rosa,    Beautiful virgin, flower above all roses,
sença carnal amore se' dilectosa;    you are lovely without carnal love;
amata fosti et se' sovr'ogni cosa,    you were loved [by God], and above everything
nel paradiso se' la più piacente.    you are the most pleasing in paradise.

Fammi cantar l'amor di la beata,    Let me sing of the love of the blessed virgin -
quella ke de Cristo sta gaudente.    she who rejoices in Christ.



Lauda 23 "Fammi cantar l'amor"


Fammi cantar l'amor di la beata,    Let me sing of the love of the blessed virgin -
quella ke de Cristo sta gaudente.    she who rejoices in Christ.

Dammi conforto, madre de l'amore,    Give me comfort, Mother of Love,
et mette fuoco et fiamba nel mio core;    and put your fire and flame into my heart;
ki t'amasse tanto a tutte l'ore    may I love you greatly and at all times,
k'io ne transmortisse spessamente.    So that I may often swoon with love.

Fammi cantar l'amor di la beata,    Let me sing of the love of the blessed virgin -
quella ke de Cristo sta gaudente.    she who rejoices in Christ.

Confortami di te, madonna mia,    Send me your comfort, my Lady,
et giorno et nocte a l'ora de la dia;    but day and night, at every hour;
come se' dolçe a chiamar, Maria,    it is so sweet to call your name, Mary,
ke par ke rimbaldisca tutta gente.    that it seems to re-echo among all people.

Fammi cantar l'amor di la beata,    Let me sing of the love of the blessed virgin -
quella ke de Cristo sta gaudente.    she who rejoices in Christ.

Vergine bella, fior sovr' ogni rosa,    Beautiful virgin, flower above all roses,
sença carnal amore se' dilectosa;    you are lovely without carnal love;
amata fosti et se' sovr'ogni cosa,    you were loved [by God], and above everything
nel paradiso se' la più piacente.    you are the most pleasing in paradise.

Fammi cantar l'amor di la beata,    Let me sing of the love of the blessed virgin -
quella ke de Cristo sta gaudente.    she who rejoices in Christ.



Lauda 24 "De la crudel morte de Cristo"


De la crudel morte de Cristo    Of the cruel death of Christ
on'hom pianga amaramente.    let every man weep bitterly.

Quando Iuderi Cristo pilliaro,    When the Jews took Christ captive
d'ogne parte lo circundaro;    they surrounded him on every side;
le sue mane strecto legaro    they bound his hands tightly,
como ladro villanamente.    treating him shamefully as though he were a robber.

De la crudel morte de Cristo    Of the cruel death of Christ
on'hom pianga amaramente.    let every man weep bitterly.

Trenta denar fo lo mercato    Thirty pieces of silver was the price
ke fece Iuda, et fo pagato.    which Judas set, and it was paid.
Mellio li fora non esser nato    It would have been better for him not to have been born
k'aver peccato sì duramente.    than to have sinned so grievously.

De la crudel morte de Cristo    Of the cruel death of Christ
on'hom pianga amaramente.    let every man weep bitterly.

Molt' era trista sancta Maria,    Holy Mary was full of misery
quando 'l suo figlio en dea;    when she gave up her Son;
cum gran dolore forte piangeva    with great grief she wept bitterly
dicendo: "Trista, lassa, dolente".    Saying, "Alas, woe is me."

De la crudel morte de Cristo    Of the cruel death of Christ
on'hom pianga amaramente.    let every man weep bitterly.

A la colonna fo spoliato    At the cross he was stripped,
per tutto 'l corpo flagellato,    and beaten all over his body;
l'ogne parte fo 'nsanguinato    every part was bitterly drained of blood
commo falso amaramente.    as though he had been a perjuror.

De la crudel morte de Cristo    Of the cruel death of Christ
on'hom pianga amaramente.    let every man weep bitterly.

Nel suo vulto li sputaro,    They spat in his face,
e la sua barba sì la pelaro;    and they plucked out his beard;
facendo beffe, l'imputaro    in derision they accused him
ke Dio s'è facto falsamente.    of falsely making himself God.

De la crudel morte de Cristo    Of the cruel death of Christ
on'hom pianga amaramente.    let every man weep bitterly.



Lauda 25 "Dami conforto, Dio"


Dami conforto, Dio, et alegrança,    Give me comfort, O God, and joy,
et carità perfecta et amorança.    perfect love and adoration.

Dami conforto, Dio, et ardore:    Give me comfort, O God, and passion:
a caritade lega lo mio core,    bind my heart to kindness,
ke non mi sia vetato lo tuo amore:    so that your love is not denied to me:
in me non possa nulla ria indignança.    let no evil indignation be in me.

Dami conforto, Dio, et alegrança,    Give me comfort, O God, and joy,
et carità perfecta et amorança.    perfect love and adoration.

Rammentame la pena ke portasti,    Remind me of the punishment which you bore,   
Amor, e quando a la croce andasti:    Love, when you went to the cross:
fosti battuto et tutto ensanguinasti,    you were beaten and quite drained of blood -
oimé lasso, de tal dolorança.    alas, for such misery.

Dami conforto, Dio, et alegrança,    Give me comfort, O God, and joy,
et carità perfecta et amorança.    perfect love and adoration.

Fosti battuto et spoliato e schernito,    You were beaten, stripped and mocked,
e da' Iudei fortemente colpito,    and strongly struck by the Jews,
e d'una lancia ennel cor ferito,    and you were wounded by a spear in your heart -
e per invidia fuo tal arogantia.    and such arrogance was all for envy.

Dami conforto, Dio, et alegrança,    Give me comfort, O God, and joy,
et carità perfecta et amorança.    perfect love and adoration.

Amen.



Lauda 26 "Plangiamo quel crudel basciar"


Plangiamo quel crudel basciar[e]    Let us bewail that cruel kiss
ke fe' per noi Deo cruciare.    by which God was crucified for our sake.

Venne Juda traditore,     Judas the traitor came [to Jesus]
bascio li died' e gran dolore;     and gave him a kiss and dreadful woe;
lo qual faciam noi per amore     what for us is a symbol of love
a lui fo signo di penare.    for him was a sign of suffering.

Plangiamo quel crudel basciar[e]    Let us bewail that cruel kiss
ke fe' per noi Deo cruciare.    by which God was crucified for our sake.

Quel fo signo ai Juderi:     This was the sign for the Jews:
non cognoscevan suo misteri,     they did not recognize his divinity,
Iuda li feci veri:     but Judas made them sure:
per um suo bascio lo fece piliare.    with a single kiss he betrayed him into their hands.

Plangiamo quel crudel basciar[e]    Let us bewail that cruel kiss
ke fe' per noi Deo cruciare.    by which God was crucified for our sake.

Ad Anna principe el menâro;     They led him to the leader Annas;
inudo nato lo spoliâro,     they stripped him naked as a newborn,
battìrlo forte et si 'l legâro     they beat him savagely and bound him
et fêrlo tutto insanguinare.    and made him bleed copiously.

Plangiamo quel crudel basciar[e]    Let us bewail that cruel kiss
ke fe' per noi Deo cruciare.    by which God was crucified for our sake.



Lauda 27 "Laudar vollio per amore"


Laudar vollio per amore    Out of love I want to praise
lo primer frate minore.    our first Little Brother.

San Francisco, amor dilecto,    Saint Francis, love's delight,
Cristo t'à nel suo cospecto,    you are in the presence of Christ;
perhò ke fosti ben perfecto    because you lived a perfect life
e suo diricto servidore.    and were his faithful servant.

Laudar vollio per amore    Out of love I want to praise
lo primer frate minore.    our first Little Brother.

Tutto el mondo abandonasti,    You rejected all worldly things;
novell'ordine plantasti,    you founded a new Order;
pace in terra annuntiasti    you proclaimed peace on earth,
como fece el Salvatore.    as our Saviour did.

Laudar vollio per amore    Out of love I want to praise
lo primer frate minore.    our first Little Brother.

Tanto fosti amico a Deo    You were such a friend to God
ke le bestie t'ubidièno;    that the animals obeyed you;
l'ucielli in mano a te veniéno    the birds flew into your hands
a udir lo tuo sermone.    to hear your preaching.

Laudar vollio per amore    Out of love I want to praise
lo primer frate minore.    our first Little Brother.



Lauda 28 "Amor dolce sença pare"


Amor dolce sença pare    Sweet love without equal,
se' tu, Cristo, per amare.    are you, O Christ, through love.

Amor, sença cominciança    You are love, without beginning,
se' tu, padre in sembiança;    in the image of the Father;
in trinità per amança    through your loving you reign
fillio et spiritu regnare.    in the Trinity, with the Son and the Spirit.

Amor dolce sença pare    Sweet love without equal,
se' tu, Cristo, per amare.    are you, O Christ, through love.

Amor grande for misura    Great love beyond measure,
di cui nulla creatura    more than any creature
puote avere in sè, natura,    could contain by nature,
di te amar si sa scusare.    in loving you is all forgiveness.

Amor dolce sença pare    Sweet love without equal,
se' tu, Cristo, per amare.    are you, O Christ, through love.

Dolçe amore amoroso    Sweet, loving love,
cum dolcore savoroso,    with delicious sweetness,
di t'è Garço gaudioso;    this poet Garço* rejoices in you;
sovr'ogn'altro se' d'amare.    you are to be loved beyond all other.

Amor dolce sença pare    Sweet love without equal,
se' tu, Cristo, per amare.    are you, O Christ, through love.

 

* Garço is probably the author of this poem.



Lauda 29 "O divina virgo, flore"

O divina virgo, flore     O divine virgin, flower
aulorita d'ogne aulore.    most fragrant of all fragrances.

Tu se' flor ke sempre grane,     You are the flower that is always a seed,
molta gratia in te permane;     much grace abides in you;
tu portasti 'l vino e pane,     you bore the wine and bread,
cioè 'l nostro Redemptore.    that is, our Redeemer.

O divina virgo, flore     O divine virgin, flower
aulorita d'ogne aulore.    most fragrant of all fragrances.

Tu se' via de veritade,     You are the way of truth,
scala se' d'umilitade;     the ladder of humility;
de te prese humanitade     from you Jesus our Redeemer
Iesù nostro redemptore.    took his humanity.

O divina virgo, flore     O divine virgin, flower
aulorita d'ogne aulore.    most fragrant of all fragrances.

Ave, virgo incoronata,     Hail, crowned virgin,
ave, Dio obumbrata,     hail, overshadowed by God,
ke'm ciel se' encoronata     for you are crowned in heaven,
madre d'ogne peccatore.    the mother of every sinner.

O divina virgo, flore     O divine virgin, flower
aulorita d'ogne aulore.    most fragrant of all fragrances.



Lauda 30 "Stella nuova"


Stella nuova'n fra la gente    New star which newly appeared
k'aparuisti novamente    amongst humankind

Stella k'apparist'al mundo    The star which appeared to the earth
quando naqque'l re iocondo,    when the joy-bringing King was born,
stett'e(n) meçço a tutto'l mondo    stood in the centre of the whole world
per aluminar la gente.    to give light to the people.

Stella nuova'n fra la gente    New star which newly appeared
k'aparuisti novamente    amongst humankind

Le tre Magi l'abber veduto,    The three wise men saw it,
tosto l'ebber cognosciuto;    and immediately recognised it;
diser: "Nat'è lo saluto    they said: "Our salvation is born,
Dio padre omnipotente."    God the Father almighty."

Stella nuova'n fra la gente    New star which newly appeared
k'aparuisti novamente    amongst humankind

Ciaschedun col suo reame    Each one of them, with his kingdom,
sì lo prese a seguitare    set off to follow the star
co'ricc' offerte da laudare,    with rich offerings to give him praise,
la qual fo molt'avenente.    which was most excellent.

Stella nuova'n fra la gente    New star which newly appeared
k'aparuisti novamente    amongst humankind




Lauda 31 "Ogn'om canti"


Ogn'om canti novel canto a san Iovanni,    Let everyone sing a new song to Saint John,
aulente fiore.    the fragrant flower.

O Iovanni, fresc'aurora,    O John, new dawn,
molt'eri garçone alora    you were just a humble servant-boy
quando Cristo cum gran cura    when Christ with great care
apostolo te fece e pastore.    made you his apostle and pastor.

Ogn'om canti novel canto a san Iovanni,    Let everyone sing a new song to Saint John,
aulente fiore.    the fragrant flower.

O Giovanni amor dilecto,    O John, the beloved disciple,
Cristo a te se fece lecto    Christ made his bed with you
quando li dormist'in pecto    when he slept in your arms
nella cena de l'amòre.    at the banquet of love.

Ogn'om canti novel canto a san Iovanni,    Let everyone sing a new song to Saint John,
aulente fiore.    the fragrant flower.

La verità questo dice:    The truth speaks thus:
la sua madre, tu' la fece;    his own mother he made yours;
a lie' te lassò'n sua vece    he left you to care for her in his place,
en sulla cena de la morte.    even at the banquet of death.

Ogn'om canti novel canto a san Iovanni,    Let everyone sing a new song to Saint John,
aulente fiore.    the fragrant flower.




Lauda 32 "Omne homo"


Omne homo ad alta voce     Let all mankind with loud voice
laudi la verace croce.    praise the true cross.

Quanto è digna da laudare,     How worthy it is of praise
core no lo pò pensare,     no heart can imagine,
lengua non lo pò contare,     no tongue can recite:
la verace sancta croce.    the true, holy cross.

Omne homo ad alta voce     Let all mankind with loud voice
laudi la verace croce.    praise the true cross.

La sua madre cum dolore    His own mother with grief
kiama e dice: "Dolçe amore,     called out and said: "Sweet love,
oimè, fillio e signore,     alas, my Son and Lord,
perké fosti posto in cruce?"    why were you hung on the cross?"

Omne homo ad alta voce     Let all mankind with loud voice
laudi la verace croce.    praise the true cross.

Dice Cristo: "O madre mia,     Christ replied: "O my mother,
quest' è l'obediença mia:     this is my act of obedience:
ke se compia in questa dia     on this day
k'io moia nella croce."    I must die upon the cross."

Omne homo ad alta voce     Let all mankind with loud voice
laudi la verace croce.    praise the true cross.


Translation Selene Mills 2004-2006

 

 



Duration: 58'
Instrumentation: mixed instruments 3-4 players (bass, tenor horn, clarinet, bass-clarinet, horn, percussion, keyboards) plus 2 works for village band from their own repertoire
First Performance for Installation at Chateau d'Oiron, France, June 25 1993



Peal of 13 bells - 3 pieces
Duration c. 50'
First performance Leeds Parish Church, April 25 2009

Note : Leeds Fuse

Leeds Fuse

Like most English people I grew up with the sound of church bells. The parish church in my home town of Goole would always ring from 10 to 10.30 on Sunday mornings to alert people to be in church by 10.30 (although I went to the Congregational Church, the alarm function still operated). The village where I now live in Leicestershire has an active bell-ringing team though at 8 bells they are much smaller in scale than those at Leeds Parish Church. The various systems of change ringing became attractive to several experimental musicians in the early 1970's - like Christopher Hobbs, Alex Hill, John White - providing, as they do a read source of systemic change and repetition, one of the ingredients of music of that time (Aran knitting patterns were another source...). John Cage, of course, wrote some pieces for bells though these are with carillon, a much simpler technique to execute (and Jon Hassell had some carillon pieces in the Punkt Festival in Norway last year.

But the physical reality of ringing with ropes is another thing and there is an immense repertoire of fine and mathematically complex sets of changes for this medium. It became clear that for me to write another in this tradition would be difficult to differentiate from others, except to specialists, and so I discussed other approaches with the Leeds team - with Steve Ollerton and Jeff Ladd. They pointed me to other approaches: some Italian church traditions, and the very interesting work done by sound artist Bill Fontana in 2005. This encouraged me to use techniques which change ringing seeks to avoid: sounding more than one bell at once, and writing harmonically. This is a real challenge to the ringers as synchronisation is difficult - but I relish the effect that comes from an honest attempt and only partial success! Spending a Sunday morning with the ringers was an inspiration and I dedicate the pieces to them.