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Antoine BRUMEL (c. 1460 – c. 1520) Kyrie from Et ecce terrae motus (The Earthquake Mass) (c. 1495)
David LANG (b. 1957) “the truths we know” from sun-centered (2022, Cal Performances Co-commission)
BRUMEL Gloria from Et ecce terrae motus
LANG “we find it hard” from sun-centered
BRUMEL Credo from Et ecce terrae motus

INTERMISSION

LANG “hymn to the sun” from sun-centered
BRUMEL Sanctus and Benedictus from Et ecce terrae motus
LANG “the republic” from sun-centered
BRUMEL Agnus Dei from Et ecce terrae motus
LANG “and yet it moves” from sun-centered

Texts & Translations

Antoine Brumel

Kyrie from Et ecce terrae motus (The Earthquake Mass)
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
David Lang

“the truths we know” from sun-centered
[words by David Lang, after Galileo]
some years ago, as your serene highness well knows
I saw many things in the heavens that had never been seen before
the novelty of these things stirred up against me
a large number of opponents
as if I had placed these things in the sky
with my own hands
more devoted to their own opinions than to the truth
they sought to deny and disprove these new things
which their own senses would have demonstrated to them
if they had only cared to see for themselves
the passage of time has revealed to everyone
the truths that I uncovered
those who were open to science were persuaded
as soon as they received my message
but some possess some strange interest in remaining hostile
not just toward the things in question
but also toward their discoverer
they know I hold the sun to be placed motionless
in the center of the universe
while the earth revolves around the sun
the reason they condemn the truth
that the earth moves and the sun stands still
is that in many places in the bible
one may read that the sun moves and the earth stands still
but nature cannot be stopped
nature cannot be changed
nature cannot transgress the laws imposed upon it
nature cannot care whether its hidden reasons
are understandable to us
god is not any less revealed in nature’s actions
than in any sacred writing
I do not believe that the same god who has endowed us
with senses, with reason and with intellect
has intended us to forego their use
the truths we know are very few
compared with those we do not know
we cannot be satisfied with those opinions
that have become common
we cannot be satisfied with those opinions
that please other people best
it is not in our power to make things true or false
this belongs to their own nature and to the facts
to their own nature and to the truth
over which no one has power

Brumel

Gloria from Et ecce terrae motus
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te; benedicimus te; adoramus te; glorificamus te. Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam, Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.

Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe; Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis; qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram; qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.

Quoniam tu solus Sanctus; tu solus Dominus; tu solus altissimus, Jesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, goodwill towards men. We praise thee; we bless thee; we worship thee; we glorify thee. We give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly king, God the Father almighty.

O Lord the only-begotten Son, Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us; thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art Holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art Most High in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Lang

“we find it hard to find” from sun-centered
[words by David Lang, after Francis Bacon]
we find it hard to believe anything
that doesn’t put us in the center of the universe
it is our nature to measure everything against ourselves
even if that makes us into mirrors
that distort and disfigure what they see

we find it hard to believe anything
that goes against anything that we already know
that goes against the authority acquired
by those we reverence and admire
even if that makes us variable and confused
as if actuated by chance

we find it hard to believe anything
that needs to be told to us in words
words need to be defined
they force and overrule our understanding
they lead us into numberless empty controversies
and idle fancies

we find it hard to believe anything
that goes against the dogmas we have learned
we play our parts in their fictitious and theatrical worlds
which by tradition, credulity and negligence
have come to be received

we believe the things that make us feel
that there is order in the world
we believe the things that make us feel
support for all the things that we already believe
we believe the things that we perceive
with our own senses
we believe the things that make us feel
that we will live forever
we believe the things we wish were true

Brumel

Credo from Et ecce terrae motus
Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium. Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum, et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. Deum de Deo; Lumen de Lumine; Deum verum de Deo vero; genitum, non factum; consubstantialem Patri; per quem omnia facta sunt.

Qui propter nos homines, et propter nostram salutem descendit de caelis, et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto, ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato; passus et sepultus est.

Et resurrexit tertia die secundum Scripturas; et ascendit in caelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris; et iterum venturus est cum gloria judicare vivos et mortuos; cuius regni non erit finis.

Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem, qui ex Patre Filioque procedit; qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur; qui locutus est per prophetas;

Et unam sanctam catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum baptisma in
remissionem peccatorum.Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds. God of God; Light of Light; very God of very God; begotten, not made: being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made.

Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Lang

“hymn to the sun” from sun-centered
[words by David Lang, after Psalm 19:6]
the sun’s rising is from one end of the heavens
the sun rises at one end of the heavens
there is nothing hidden from its heat
nothing is hidden from its heat
nothing is deprived of its warmth
nothing hides from its heat
nothing can hide from its heat
nothing can escape its heat
it travels all the way across the sky
it starts at one end of the sky
its rising is from the end of the heavens
its rising is from one end of the heavens
its rising is from one end of heaven
its circuit is from one end of the sky to the other
it rises from one end of the heavens
it rises at one end of the heavens
it emerges from the distant horizon
it circles around to the other
his going out is from the end of heaven,
his going forth is from the extremity of heaven
his going forth is from the end of the heavens
his going forth is from the end of the heaven
his circuit to its ends
from the end of the heavens is his going out
and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof
and there is nothing hidden from its heat
and there is no one that can hide himself from his heat
and runs its circuit to the other
and nothing is hid from his heat
and nothing is hidden from its heat
and no one shall be hidden from his heat
and makes its circuit to the other
and makes him recline upon the ends of the heavens
and its circuit to the other end of them
and its circuit to the other end
and its circuit to the end of them
and his revolution is to their ends
and his revolution is unto their ends
and his circuit unto the ends of it
and his circuit to the other end of heaven
and his circuit even to the end thereof
and goes from one end of the sky to the other
and goes across to the other
and from the ends of the heavens he brings him out
and follows its course to the other end
and circles to their other end
Brumel

Sanctus & Benedictus from Et ecce terrae motus
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high.

Blessed is he that cometh in name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Lang

“the republic” from sun-centered
[words by David Lang, after Plato]
we are here, in the darkness
we are here, in the dark
we have lived here, in the dark, forever
we are in chains
we have always been in chains
we cannot move
we have never moved
we cannot see what is behind us
we have never seen what is behind us
we cannot see what is beside us
we have never seen what is beside us
we can only see what is in front of us
we see the shadows of things, as they pass by
they flicker on the wall before us
they are all that we can see
they are all that we have ever seen
we watch these things as they pass by
we hear these things as they pass by
we name these things as they pass by
this is our world, our only world, our whole world
this is our truth, our only truth, our whole truth
this is everything we know
this is everything that we have ever known
and we have always known it

if one of us were forced to leave
if one of us were forced to see what we cannot
to go where we cannot
and then return to tell us things that we don’t know
to tell us stories
about the things we’ve never seen
a star, a moon, a sun

would we believe it?
we tell ourselves we would

Brumel

Agnus Dei from Et ecce terrae motus
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.
Lang

“and yet it moves” from sun-centered
[words by David Lang, after Galileo]
and yet it moves