Pierre Certon
(c.1515 - 1572)

Certon : Cantantibus organis : illustration

Cantantibus organis
(S.A.A.T. (or A.T.T.B.))
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From Petri Certon...recens modulorum editio (book 2), Paris, 1542. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for S.A.A.T. or transposed down a fourth for A.T.T.B.

A motet for St Cecilia's Day, used as the model for a parody mass by Pierre Clereau.
Lyrics: Anon

Cantantibus organis Cecilia virgo decantabat dicens:
Fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.
Est secretum Valeriane quod tibi volo dicere:
Angelum dei habeo amatorem, qui nimio zelo custodit corpus meum.
Benedico te pater Domini mei Jesu Christi
quia per filium tuum ignis extinctus est a latere meo.
Fiat Domine cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.

While organs played the virgin Cecilia sang, saying:
Make my heart unspotted, that I may not be confounded.
There is a secret, Valerian, that I would tell you:
I have as a lover an angel from God, which most jealously guards my body.
I praise you, father of my lord Jesus Christ,
Since through your son the flame is extinguished in my side.
Lord make my heart unspotted, that I may not be confounded.