Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sacred Music from TAC, #4

Justorum Animae by Orlando di Lasso. At last, I have found on YouTube a good recording of what I personally think is the epitome of all sacred polyphony. It is an exquisitely beautiful 5-part motet about the souls of just men being at rest. We usually sang it at TAC for requiem Masses, around All Saints Day, and whenever it was appropriate to the readings.

Justorum animae in manu Dei sunt,
et non tanget illos tormentum mortis.
Visi sunt oculis insipientium mori,
illi autem sunt in pace.

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and the torment of death does not touch them.
They seemed, in the eyes of the foolish, to die,
but they are in peace.


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