Quid miseri, quid faciamus?

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    Volume II of the complete works of Chiara Magdalena Cozzolani contains all the works in her 1642 publication Concerti Sacri. The double CD set includes texts and English translations, liner notes by Robert Kendrick and album artwork by Nika Korniyenko.

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Warren Stewart, artistic director

Catherine Webster & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Meg Bragle & Jennifer Lane, alto
David Tayler, theorbo
Hanneke van Proosdij, organ

The quartet "Quid, miseri, quid faciamus?" features the conversation between Mary and the faithful, takes its text from a motet published by Alessandro Grandi in 1619 and, like the Magdalene dialogue, features an expressive solo line for the Madonna, answered in block harmonies by her people.


Text & English Translation

Quid miseri, quid faciamus in hac vita, privati vultu tuo, suavissima virgo, clementissima Maria?

Invocabitis unigenitum Dei Filium, quem ego genui, quem semper adoro, qui potens fecit, fecit mihi magna, et ipse erit vobiscum in tribulatione, ipse vos exaudiet, ipse vos eripet et glorificabit; clamate ad eum.

Invocabimus unigenitum Dei Filium, quem tu genuisti, quem semper adoras, qui potens fecit, fecit tibi magna. O stella maris fulgida, tu vero exalta es super choros angelorum, ne nois derelinquas.

Intercedam ego semper pro vobis in clis, quos mala tanta prmunt in terries; ne dubitetis, filii, ne timeatis dilecti, succurram vobis, resovebo vos, orabo pro vobis.

O nos felices, quibus tu sucurris, O nos felices, quos tu resoves, O nos felices, pro quibus tu oras.

Alleluia. Salve virgo sancta, salve virgo pulchra, virgo pia, virgo Clemens, virgo dulcis, salve. Alleluia.

[The Faithful]
What, what shall we miserable ones do in this life, deprived of your gaze, sweetest virgin, most clement Mary?

You shall invoke the only-born Son of God, Whom I bore, Whom I always adore, the powerful one Who has done great things for me, and He will be with you in your trial, He will hear you, He will save you and glorify you; cry to Him.

[The Faithful]
We will invoke the only-born Son of God, Whom you bore, Whom you always dore, the powerful one Who has done great things for you. O shining star of the sea, You truly are exalted above the angelic choirs, do not abandon us.

I will always intercede in heaven for you, who are oppressed on earth by so many evils; do not doubt, my children, nor fear, my beloved; I will help you, I will succor you, I will pray for you.

[The Faithful]
O happy we whom you help, O happy we whom you aid, O happy we for whom you pray.

Alleluia. Hail, holy virgin, hail, lovely virgin, good virgin, merciful virgin, sweet virgin, hail. Alleluia.


from Cozzolani Concerti Sacri (1642), released June 30, 2013
Peter Watchorn, producer
Joel Gordon, engineer


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