Caligaverunt oculi mei

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This beautiful piece by Tomás Luis de Victoria is a responsory for Tenebrae.

Caligaverunt oculi mei is intended for Good Friday and is #12 of de Victoria’s responsories.

Perhaps the most striking feature of this work is the piercing soprano solo during the words si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus. (see if there is any pain like my pain) It is as if the vocal part takes on the cry of pain,[1. Caligaverunt oculi mei, ChoralWiki, http://www1.cdpl.org/wiki] leaving a haunting reminder of what the day portends. The Latin text is as follows:

Caligaverunt oculi mei a fletu meo: quia elongatus est a me, qui consolabatur me:
Videte, omnes populi, si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.

V: O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam, attendite, et videte si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus

English translation:

My eyes are darkened by my tears: For He is far from me that comforted Me:
See, O all ye people, if there be a sorrow like unto My sorrow

V. O all ye that pass by, behold and see if there be a sorrow like unto My sorrow

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