The Seven Cardinal Sins


Homo, quo vigeas vide - ensemble - Carmina Burana (early 13th century)

Sainte Marie - soprano, rebec - St. Godric (died 1170)


O Christians, arrogant, exhausted, wretched, whose intellects are sick and cannot see, who place your confidence in backward steps, Why does your mind presume to flight when you are still like the imperfect grub, the worm before it has attained its final form?

Maledetto sia l'aspetto - tenor, harpsichord, recorders, gamba - Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Dionorea, vien, te priego - tenor and bass krummhorns, tenor hirtenschalmei - A. Gabrieli (c.1510-1586)

Scaramella - tenor, zink, sacbuts, rebec, hirtenschalmei - Josquin des Pres (c.1440-1521)



My blood was so afire with envy that, when I had seen a man becoming happy, the lividness in me was plain to see. From what I've sown, this is the straw I reap: o humankind, why do you set your hearts there where our sharing cannot have a part? And my good master said: "The sin of envy is scourged within this circle: thus, the cords that form the scourging lash are plied by love."

La Gelosia - dancers, ensemble - Domenico (15th century)

La Gelosia - soprano, harpsichord - Rossi (c.1598-1653)

Mauldicte soit envie - bass and contrabass recorders, lute - Agricola (1446?-1506)

Maudit soit cil qui trouva - soprano, tenor, sacbut, bass recorder, gamba - Isaac (c.1450-1517)



Next I saw people whom the fire of wrath had kindled, as they stoned a youth and kept on shouting loudly to each other: "Kill, Kill, Kill!" I saw him now, weighed down by death, sink to the ground, although his eyes were bent always on Heaven - they were Heaven's gates - praying to his high Lord, despite the torture.

Perchè se m'odiavi - zink, sacbuts - Monteverdi

Helas! je n'ay pas - rauschpfeife, sacbuts - Franco-Burgundian School (1470-1477)

Bel pastor - soprano, tenor, harpsichord - Monteverdi

Branle of War - dancers, ensemble - Arbeau 916th century)



Although our feet must stop, your words need not. And he to me: "precisely here, the love of good that is too tepidly pursued is mended; here the lazy oar plies harder."

Weep you no more, sad fountains - soprano, bass and great bass recorders, gamba - Dowland (1562-1626)

Galliard: Weariness - dancers, ensemble - Anonymous (16th century)



What avarice enacts is here declared in the purgation of converted souls: the mountain has no punishment more bitter. Just as we did not lift our eyes on high but set our sight on earthly things instead, so justice here impels our eyes toward earth.

Ecce torpet - tenor, ensemble - Carmina Burana

Licet eger - tenor, ensemble - Carmina Burana



All of these souls who, grieving, sing because their appetite was gluttonous, in thirst and hunger here resanctify themselves.

Al vol - ensemble - Glogauer Liederbuch (c.1450)

In taberna - ensemble - Carmina Burana



Our sin was with the other sex; but since we did not keep the bounds of human law, but served our appetites like beasts, when we part from the other ranks, we then repeat, to our disgrace, the name of one who, in the bestial planks, became herself a beast.

Margot laborez - soprano, hirtenschalmei trio - Arcadelt (c.1504-1568)

Belle qui tiens - dancers, ensemble - Arbeau

Im maien - tenor, soprano, recorders, alto krummhorn, gamba - Senfl (c.1486-1542)

Es fuer ein pauer gen holcz - ensemble - Lochaimer Liederbuch (c.1450)