Ave Maria … Virgo serena (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2018-02-08)   CPDL #48744:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-02-08).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #1276, with minor adjustments to underlay, and to slurring. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
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Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2005-04-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 158 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original note values, musica ficta clearly marked. Latin text included on p. 8. Revised & corrected edition uploaded 2010-07-16, replacing previous upload which only contained 4 pages.
  • CPDL #06590:     
Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 2004-01-27).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • CPDL #01276:        (Finale 2002)
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  • CPDL #00108:       
Editor: Rick Wheeler (submitted 1999-07-27).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Excerpt: Ave vera virginitas

  • CPDL #00627:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Vladimir Ursic (submitted 1999-12-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • CPDL #00572:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Guido Menestrina (submitted 1999-12-02).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 32 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ave Maria
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

 Manuscript 1450 in Codex Speciálník, no. 1

Description: This 4-part Ave Maria of Josquin des Prez was extremely popular in the sixteenth century, through its then “new” more “open” style (fewer melismas, parts set with just two voices). Even today, it is considered one of the most nearly perfect compositions of its era. It was so popular during Josquin's life that an anonymous composer, probably Ludwig Daser, working after Josquin's death, circulated a version with two new added voices (Ave Maria … Virgo serena, a 6). Ludwig Senfl also wrote a 6-part Ave Maria parody based on this piece.

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Original text and translations

Other Ave…serena texts have been set by Mouton and Regis.

Latin.png Latin text

Ave Maria, Gratia plena,
Dominus tecum, Virgo serena.
Ave, cuius Conceptio,
Solemni plena gaudio,
Caelestia, Terrestria,
Nova replet laetitia.
Ave, cuius Nativitas
Nostra fuit solemnitas,
Ut lucifer lux oriens
Verum solem praeveniens.
Ave pia humilitas,
Sine viro fecunditas,
Cuius Annuntiatio
Nostra fuit salvatio.
Ave vera virginitas,
Immaculata castitas,
Cuius Purificatio
Nostra fuit purgatio.
Ave, praeclara omnibus
Angelicis virtutibus,
Cuius fuit Assumptio
Nostra fuit glorificatio.
O Mater Dei,
Memento mei. Amen.
 

English.png English translation

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee, serene Virgin.
Hail, thou whose Conception,
Full of great joy,
Fills heaven and earth
With new gladness.
Hail, thou whose Nativity
Became our great celebration,
As the light-bearing Morning Star
anticipates the true Sun.
Hail, faithful humility,
Fruitful without man,
Whose Annunciation
Was our salvation.
Hail, true virginity,
Immaculate chastity,
Whose Purification
Was our cleansing.
Hail, glorious one
In all angelic virtues,
Whose Assumption
Was our glorification.
O Mother of God,
Remember me. Amen.