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Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna in die illa tremenda, quando cœli movendi sunt et terra; dum veneris iudicare sæculum per ignem. [Tremens factus sum ego, et timeo, dum discussio venerit atque ventura ira. Dies illa, dies iræ, calamitatis et miseriæ, dies magna et amara valde. Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis.]1
B. Britten sets stanzas 1-3
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1 not set by Bruckner and Tallis
- by Bible or other Sacred Texts , "Libera me" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Joseph) Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896), "Libera me, Domine", WAB. 21 (c1843) [ chorus and organ], motet [text verified 1 time]
- by (Joseph) Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896), "Libera me, Domine", WAB. 22 (1854), published 1922 [SSATB chorus, three trombones, violoncello, contrabass, and organ], Vienna: Universal Editions [text verified 1 time]
- by Thomas Tallis (c1505 - 1585), "Libera me Domine de morte", published 1575, from Cantiones Sacrae, no. 33. [text verified 1 time]
- by Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901), "Libera me", first performed 1874 [soli, chorus, orchestra], in Messa da Requiem [text verified 1 time]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Libera me", op. 66 no. 6, published 1961 [soprano, tenor, baritone, satb chorus, boys' chorus, orchestra, chamber orchestra, organ], from War Requiem, no. 6.
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "Deliver me, Lord, from death", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Verlos mij, Heer (Libera me)", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]
Text added to the website: 2010-02-05 00:00:00
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Deliver me, Lord, From eternal death, On that terrible day When the heavens and earth must be moved When you will come to judge The world through fire.
- Translation from Latin to English copyright © 2012 by David Wyatt, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
Text added to the website: 2012-07-06 00:00:00
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