Notas Mihi Fecisti 7
Today we celebrate the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time with the Communion antiphon. This antiphon is taken from Psalm 16, the psalm of the resurrection, as presented by Peter in the Acts of the Apostles (2:25). Specifically, it is the end of that psalm which, in Peter's sermon, becomes what Christ says as he comes out of the tomb. It is there that Christ says: Notas mihi fecisti..., you have made manifest to me, you have revealed to me, you have made clear to me the ways of life and you will fill me with joy with your face, Lord.
The melody, built in mode 7, takes advantage of the heights it manages from its intonation with what is the proclamation of the great fruit of the resurrection: notas (thou hast made manifest to me... the ways of life). The light is seen! as the Easter Proclamation sings. Resurrection is that life in the clarity and light that flows from the face of God, it is new life with the Lord: to live in the light, in the clarity of his ways, in the presence of the Lord.
The piece is made up of two musical phrases. The first begins on a high E, beginning in the high register to express musically what the word sings: notas mihi fecisti: you have made your paths clear to me! At these heights everything is clear and manifest. That is why this intonation must be sung with a special intensity. On the other hand, the torculus on the syllable no-tas gives more sonorous clarity to what is being proclaimed. Interestingly, this intonation is the climax of the piece and is the announcement of the risen one, the life of the one who comes out of the place of death: the light of the ways of the Lord. And from the intonation begins a cadential movement in two stages: the first that goes from that E to the B, and another to the G, after lengthening extensively on those ways, those paths that have been so clearly manifested: vias vitae.
The second phrase, on the other hand, follows a normal movement. Starting from the grave, it rises little by little: adimplebis me lætitia cum vultu tuo. The resurrection not only illuminates and makes the paths clear, it also fills with joy (lætitia) and makes one enjoy contemplation. This second phrase is musically fully charged. With it the melody makes one taste and savour all the richness that flows from the contemplation of the face of the Lord.