Ego sum panis vivus literally means ‘I am the living bread’. Is a motet by Antonio Caldara (1670-1736), and one of wonderful motet that I love to listen every time a nice moment comes to my daily life.
Motet is a kind of polyphonic music from late renaissance period (1220-1750. One well-known motet composer was Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina. And Palestrina’s late renaissance motet ‘Ego sum panis vivus’ is very well known too, but I thought it a little bit different from Caldara’s – since I only seen Palestrina’s sheet of ‘Ego sum panis vivus’.
Wrote in Latin using Baroque’s piece style, Motet: Ego sum panis vivus became a charming & inspiring motet for a lot of musician as well as common people.
Antonio Caldara, a Venetian, became Vice-Kapellmeister in the Viennese Chapel Imperial in 1716; his enormous output comprises over 3,400 works, among them 100 operas. “Ego sum panis vivus” (“I am the living bread”) is a motet for Corpus Christi, the text is from the gospel of St. John 6:51-52.
VERSES 51-52: I AM THE LIVING BREAD
51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats (Greek: phage) of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh (Greek: sarx)."
52 The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Well, this motet was my precious collection and available as the 4th track inside Silk Road: Song Along The Road & Time by The Vienna Boy’s Choir. Then, if you have ever heard this motet, maybe you’ll love it too.