Barbara Strozzi

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O Maria


Per la Madonna
Originally for Soprano and basso continuo.
Original Language: Latin

O Maria, quam pulchra es,
quam suavis, quam decora.

Tegit terram sicut nebula,
lumen ortum indeficiens,
flamma ignis, Arca federis,
inter spinas ortum lilium,
tronum [S]ion in Altissimis
in columna nubis positum.

O Maria..

Ante sæcula creata
girum cœli circuivit sola,
profundum abissi penetravit.
Et in fluctibus maris ambulavit,
omnium corda virtute calcavit,
et in hereditate Domini morata est.

Tegit terram...
O Maria...



O Mary

For our Lady

O Mary, how beautiful you are,
how sweet, how comely.

She enfolds earth as a cloud,
a light risen that never fails,
a flame, a fire, the Ark of the Covenant,
a lily grown among the thorns,
the throne of Zion placed on high
in a pillar of cloud.

O Maria...

Before the creation of the ages
she circled the borders of heaven,
and penetrated the depths of the abyss.
And she walked on the waves of the sea,
virtuously tread on the hearts of all,
and abided in the inheritance of the Lord.

She enfolds earth as a cloud...
O Maria...


Translated by:

David Larrick with revisions by Richard Kolb

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

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  • Barbara Strozzi - A Voce Sola

    Renata Dubinskaite, Canto Fiorito, Rodrigo Calveyra, Juan Manuel Quintana, Diego Cantalupi, Davide Pozzi

    Brilliant Classics (2021) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Track #4 - O Maria (mezzo-soprano, bc) [6:17]
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  • Ferveur et Extase

    Stephanie d'Oustrac, mezzo-soprano, Amarillis Ensemble

    Ambronay (2012) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • O Maria, Op 5 (M, bc)
  • Il pianto della Madonna

    Live at Deauville, 2015

    Maïlys de Villoutreys, soprano, Ensemble Desmarest

    B Records (2016) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • O Maria (S, org) [8:27]
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  • Sacri musicali affetti, Opus 5

    Opera Quinta, 1655

    Aurata Fonte, Miho Kamiya, Anna Simboli, Andrea Arrivabene, Perikli Pite, Valeria Montanari, Giuseppe Monari

    Tactus (2021) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Disc #1 / Track #7 - O Maria (soprano, bc) [6:25]
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