Thursday, April 21, 2011

Non nobis, Domine ...

While reading the Psalm selection for today in the Divine Office—Psalm 115:12-13, 15-18—I noticed that the first verse is: "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory."

Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. (In the Latin Vulgate, it's Pss 114:9.)

Being who I am and what I am, the first thing I remembered is Patrick Doyle's setting of this verse, which comes at the end of the Battle of Agincourt in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V (1989):

So okay, it's not Palestrina. However, it sticks with you. And this was Doyle's first movie score.

(By the way, Doyle plays the first soldier to sing; he also plays Balthazar the minstrel in Much Ado About Nothing [1993]. His most recent work is the score for the soon-to-be-released movie adaptation of the comic book Thor ... directed, of course[?], by Branagh.)


  1. Love Branagh, love this film and love this clip!

  2. For me it's a toss-up which is better: Henry V or Much Ado About Nothing. I only caught part of his Hamlet, so I can't say there.