M281 Sanctus : O sapientia

Standardised text incipit: 
Sanctus : O sapientia
Standardised composer: 
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 2, ff. 35v-36r
Number of voices: 
4
Mensuration: 
Length: 
96
Signature: 
b
Clefs: 
g2c2c3c4
Final: 
D/D
Music incipit: 
gabcbbab
deffgfge
gbcdedbc
gfedcgfg
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 
Modern editions: 
AMMM 6, 12-16
Literature: 
Discography: 
Further notes: 

The first part (Sanctus) has also been copied In I-Mfd [4], ff. 66v-67r, where a G has been added at the end of each voice, except in the Altus. Consequently, the final in I-Mfd [4] (G) differs from the final in I-Mfd 2 (D).

For the attribution of this piece to Compère and its possible belonging to a cycle, see WARD 1986, 499, 506, and 508-515. The attribution was proposed by STAEHELIN 1973, 82, based on the probable identification of this Sanctus with the isolated one attributed to “Loyset” in I-Mfd [4] according to BERWIN-HIRSCHFELD 1892, 91. Ludwig Finscher (s.v. “Compère, Loyset”, in MGG Online) strongly questioned the attribution on stylistic grounds. See also C29. Due to the complex issues of authorship and rewriting and the web of partial and reworked concordances regarding the entire cycle as proposed by WARD 1986, the problem awaits further investigation.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Sanctus : O sapientia
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Advent
Full text: 

Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus dominus deus sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.

O sapientia, quae ex ore altissimi prodisti, veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

English translation: 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Sabaoth. The heavens and the earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

O wisdom, you who came forth from the mouth of the Highest, come to teach us the way of prudence.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Shorter form of the Great “O” Antiphon “O sapientia” (Cantus ID 004081)
O sapientia quae ex ore altissimi prodisti attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter suaviter disponensque omnia veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

Further notes: 

Second part lacking in I-Mfd [4], ff. 66v-67r.

Music incipit (MEI):