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Cum statua Nabucodonosor; Hugo, Hugo, princeps invidie; Magister invidie

Motet by Philippe de Vitry


Cambrai: BibliothFque Municipale 1328, fol. 11v ET Besseler 25 p247. Quoted in ballade o;
Ivrea: Biblioteca Capitolare 115, fol. 14v-15 (3/2);
Paris: BibliothFque Nationale, fonds nouv. acq. frantais 23190 (olim Serrant ChGteau, ducs de la TrTmonlle), fol. 2v-3 (lost).


LERCH, Irmgard. Fragmente aus Cambrai: Ein Beitrag zur Rekonstruktion einer Handschrift mit spStmittelalterlicher Polyphonie, Kassel: BSrenreiter, 1987. G÷ttinger Musikwissenschaftliche Arbeiten, Band II, 192.


1. JOHNSON, Mildred. The 37 Motets of the Codex Ivrea. Vol. I: Commentary, Vol. II: Transcriptions, Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University: 1955, no. 14.
2. The Roman de Fauvel; The Works of Philippe de Vitry; French Cycles of the Ordinarium Missae, edited by Leo Schrade, Monaco: Editions de L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1956. Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century I, p. 82.
3. LERCH, Irmgard. Fragmente aus Cambrai: Ein Beitrag zur Rekonstruktion einer Handschrift mit spStmittelalterlicher Polyphonie, Kassel: BSrenreiter, 1987. G÷ttinger Musikwissenschaftliche Arbeiten, Band II, p. 129.

Text Editions

BLACHLY, Alexander. The Motets of Philippe de Vitry, Columbia University (M.A. thesis), p. 101.


1. BESSELER, Heinrich. 'Studien zur Musik des Mittelalters. I. Neue Quellen des 14. und beginnenden 15. Jahrhunderts', Archiv fnr Musikwissenschaft, VII (1925): 167-252.
2. BESSELER, Heinrich. 'Studien zur Musik des Mittelalters. II. Die Motette von Franko von K÷ln bis Philippe von Vitry', Archiv fnr Musikwissenschaft, VIII (1926): 137-258.
3. COVILLE, A. 'Philippe de Vitri, notes biographiques', Romania, LIX (1933): 520-547.
4. ZWICK, Gabriel. 'Deux motets inTdits de Philippe de Vitry et de Guillaume de Machaut', Revue de musicologie, XXVII (1948), p. 32.
5. SCHRADE, Leo. 'Philippe de Vitry: some new discoveries', Musical Quarterly, XLII (1956): 330-354.
6. SANDERS, Ernest H. 'The early motets of Philippe de Vitry', Journal of the American Musicological Society, XXVIII (1975): 24-45.
7. TOMASELLO, Andrew. Music and Ritual at Papal Avignon, 1309-1403, Ann Arbour, Michigan: UMI Research Press, 1983, p. 159 n. 61.
8. FISCHER, Kurt von. 'Sprache und Musik im italienischen Trecento: Zur Frage einer Frnhrenaissance', Musik und Text in der Mehrstimmigkeit des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts, edited by U. Gnnther and L. Finscher, Kassel: BSrenreiter: 1984, p. 51.


1. Music of the Gothic Era [c.1160 - 1400], Early Music Consort of London, directed by David Munrow (1975): Archiv 2723 045(3) (EUR)/ 2710 019(3) (GER/USA).
2. Philippe de Vitry 1291-1361, Benjamin Bagby and Barbara Thornton, Sequentia (1991): RD 77 095.
3. Philippe de Vitry and the Ars Nova, Robert Hare-Jones (CT), Charles Daniels (T), Angus Smith (T), Donald Greig (Bar), Orlando Consort (1991): CD-SAR 49.


Cum statua Nabucodonasor
metallina successive (minor)
ac gradatim decudi ac minus
ficti colis passus est dominus
que cum primo fuerit aurea
virtuosus inde argentea
carne mundus deinceps herea
scitum loqui fictilis ferea
ac lutea pater novissime
novissimis quidbusdam maxime
corde dantis una cum patribus
ipocrisis antifrasis quibus
dat mendici nomen sophistice.
hec concino Philippus publice
et quia impia
lingua ledor unius territe
pro vero refero:
a prophetis fasis attendite.

Hugo, Hugo princeps invidie
tu cum prima pateas facie
homo pacis virtutum filius
te neminem decet in populo
lingue tue ledere iaculo
set ignarum doce te pocius.
qua me culpas igitur rabie
assignata mihi nulla die
inconsultus causamque nescius?
Stupeo et eo
cum invidus sic sis palam pius
perpere dicere
ipocritam te possum verius.

Magister Invidie.


In the manner in which the Lord suffered
the metals in the moulded truck in Nebuchadnezzar's statue
to be made successively and stepwise less and less
(the statue was gold first, then silver.
the virtuous elements constituting its flesh up to this point.
then bronze, and finally, to repeat what is known.
clay and mud and iron).
in our day the father of the hypocritical words
which state the opposite of the truth
sophistically gives, in his zeal of giving.
the (golden) name "Mendicant"
to those (base) fathers of the Church of recent times
with whom he is himself in complete agreement.
I, Philippe, sing these things publicly
because I am being maligned by the blasphemous tongue
of a man in terror.
For the cause of truth I caution:
guard against false prophets.

Hugh, Hugh, prince of spite.
since with one face you appear a man of peace.
a son of virtue, it follows that you
should not hurt people with your darting tongue.
but should rather teach yourself
those things you don't know.
How can you, ignorant of the case.
indiscreetly acuse me, I ask.
of a madness never imputed to me?
I am dumbfounded, and therefore
since you wrongly appear virtuous on the surface.
while you are actually burning with envy.
I can more truly say to you: you are the hypocrite.

Master of malignity.

Text revision and translation © Alexander Blachly

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Last updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2003

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