Estêvão L. Morago’s “Ut Queant Laxis”

Digital edition of Portuguese composer Estêvão Lopes Morago’s (c1575-c1630) Ut Queant Laxis. This is the Vespers hymn from the Feast of St John the Baptist. In music history, it was in the first stanza of this hymn that Guido d’Arezzo based on for the attribution of the names of the seven notes (ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la  and si).

Original pitch and original note values were kept in this edition

Morago only sets polyphonically the odd verses, being the even verses most certainly sung in plainchant. For performance the plainchant may be taken from the Liber Usualis.

Ut queant laxis resonare fibris
Mira gestorum famuli tuorum,
Solve polluti labii reatum,
Sancte Joannes.

Nuntius celso veniens Olympo,
Te patri magnum fore nasciturum,
Nomen, et vitae seriem gerendae
Ordine promit.

Ille promissi dubius superni,
Perdidit promptae modulos loquelae:
Sed reformasti genitus peremptae
Organa vocis.

Ventris obstruso recubans cubili
Senseras Regem thalamo manentem:
Hinc parens nati meritis uterque
Abdita pandit.

Sit decus Patri, genitaeque Proli,
Et tibi compar utriusque virtus,
Spiritus semper, Deus unus, omni
Temporis aevo. Amen.

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