Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Costanzo Festa: Florentia, tempus est (I-TVd 36)

Florentia, tempus est (SATBB) by Costanzo Festa (c. 1485-1545) could have been an admonition for Florentine people to repent for their rebellion: it can be explained with the cantus firmus in the tenor voice (Florentia, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum) and the allusion to pope Clement VII (clamans Clemens peccavi). (See Macey, Patrick Paul: Bonfire Songs: Savonarola's Musical Legacy, Oxford University Press, New York, 1998, p. 181)

This manuscript version of Treviso Cathedral Codice 36 is slightly different from the published version in CMM (and recorded by Cantica Symphonia in their CD Costanzo Festa: Motetti)

Florentia, tempus est penitentiae,
non vides caeca, non audis surda,
quae ingrata judicaris, quae insana videris,
revertere ad Dominum Deum tuum,
tamquam clementissimum, dicens:
ecce ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum
et ad sanctissimos pedes plora peccata tua,
clamans Clemens peccavi miserere mei,
revertere igitur et noli amplius peccare.

Tenor:
Florentia, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.


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