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Mater Anna

Originally for Soprano and basso continuo.
Original Language: Latin

Mater Anna quisquæ personat
promissionis fœtum peperit.
Dulcis Anna quæ piissima tantum vobis
fructum edidit ex quo dulcis Iesus prodiit.

Mater Anna, dulcis Anna, quam beata
Domus David ex quam prodiisti et venter
in quo Deus sanctificationis aram fabricavit.
Audite gentes inopinatum miraculum,
Audite Annam, congaudete mecum, quia
per Divinum germen ex sterili ventre peperi.

Matrem Annam quisquæ personat
promissionis fœtum peperit.

Audite gentes miraculum,
audite Filium Mariæ,
congaudete mecum quia pratum [partum] Divino
opificium formatum supra naturam edidi.

Dulcis Anna quæ piissima
tantum vobis fructum edidit
ex quo dulcis Iesus prodiit.

Mater Anna, dulcis Anna, tu benedictionis
fructum uberibus tuis nutriisti,
non [nos] eius partum Iesum precatis
cruci configimus.
Tu dulcis Anna, tu miserere,
tu salva nos, adiuva nos.

English

Mother Anna

Mother Anna has brought forth
the offspring of promise, and all proclaim it.
Sweet Anna, who, most pious, has produced for all
so great a fruit from which sweet Jesus came forth.

Mother Anna, sweet Anna, how blessed is the
House of David whence you came, and your womb
in which God has erected the altar of sanctification. Hear, you nations, this unexpected miracle,
listen to Anna [saying], “Rejoice with me,
for I have borne a Divine seed from my sterile womb.”

Mother Anna has brought forth the
offspring of promise, and all proclaim it.

Hear, you peoples, this miracle,
hear of the Son of Mary. “Rejoice with me
for I have brought forth an offspring formed by Divine craftsmanship beyond nature.”

Sweet Anna, who, most pious,
has produced for you such a fruit
from which sweet Jesus came forth.

Mother Anna, sweet Anna, you nourished
the fruit of blessing with your breasts;
we who pray to you affix her child Jesus
to the Cross through our sins.
You, sweet Anna, have mercy on us,
save us, help us.

Translated by:

Robert Kendrick with Owen Daly

Translations by Owen Daly and Dr. David Larrick have been specially commissioned by BarbaraStrozzi.com. Please credit this site and the translators if you choose to use these texts.

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Mater Anna

Published by Cor Donato Editions in historically correct modern transcription, including critical introductory notes on the work, editorial procedures, original Italian texts with new English translations, and other contextual information about the piece.

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    Maria Cristina Kiehr, soprano, Concerto Soave

    Harmonia Mundi (1995) [Audio CD]

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