Royal 8 G. vii

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Royal 8 G. vii is a manuscript now housed in the British Library, which contains four-voice music largely by French composers. Although the entire contents lack ascriptions to the relevant composers, many conjectural ascriptions can be supported e.g. by the presence of the work in question in another manuscript. Despite this, a large number of the contents still lack ascriptions and are, as yet, anonymous.

In the table below, the following key may be used to identify the composers:

  •  ?Name - The ascription is present, but for some reason doubted
  • [Name] - The ascription is not present but can be confirmed, e.g. via a connection with another source
  •  ?[Name] - The ascription is not present and even the likeliest composer in question doubted

The manuscript seems to have come from the workshop of Alamire, and scholars have identified the manuscript as being partly by "Scribe C" (as labelled in Grove). The manuscript is said to have been put together in the years 1513-25.

Publication date and place: 1513 -1525 – Manuscript.

Contents

No. Title Composer Parts Notes
1.   Honi soit qui mal y pense Morel, ?Clement?Clement Morel 4 A roughly drawn canon, shown on the first few pages before the other more elaborately illuminated pieces begin. According to Grove, this piece is for 8 voices and not 4.
2.   Celeste beneficium [Mouton, JeanJean Mouton] 4
3.   Adiutorium nostrum [De Févin, AntoineAntoine de Févin] 4 Ascribed to Févin in GB-Cmc 1760 and elsewhere as the 2nd part of Mouton’s Celeste beneficium and perhaps by him
4.   Nesciens mater virgo virum AnonymousAnonymous 4
5.   Ave Regina caelorum [De La Rue, PierrePierre de La Rue] 4 Also known as Ave apertor caelorum
6.   Descendi in ortum meum ?[Des Prez, JosquinJosquin des Prez] 4 Perhaps by Jean le Brung
7.   Sancta trinitas unus Deus [De Févin, AntoineAntoine de Févin] 4 Attributed in the large number of other manuscripts to Craen, Morales, Mouton, Costanzo Festa and Josquin; several contain a 6vv arrangement by Arnold von Bruck; the sources for the Févin ascription leave no possible doubt that it is by him.
8.   Vexilla Regis prodeunt [De La Rue, PierrePierre de La Rue] 4
9.   Fama malum [Des Prez, JosquinJosquin des Prez] 4 Text from Aeneid IV.174–7
10.   Doleo super te, frater mi Jonatha [De La Rue, PierrePierre de La Rue] 4 4th part of Considera Israel
11.   O Domine Jesu Christe AnonymousAnonymous 4
12.   Maxsimilla Christo amabilis AnonymousAnonymous 4
13.   Sancta Maria succurre miseris [Strus, FranciscusFranciscus Strus] 4
14.   Sancta et immaculata AnonymousAnonymous 4
15.   Missus est Gabriel angelus [Des Prez, JosquinJosquin des Prez] 4
16.   Dulcissima virgo Maria AnonymousAnonymous 4
17.   Tota pulchra es (MS Royal 8.g.vii) AnonymousAnonymous 4
18.   O sancta Maria virgo virginum AnonymousAnonymous 4
19.   Verbum bonum et suave [De Thérache, PierrequinPierrequin de Thérache] 4
20.   Recordamini quomodo predixit AnonymousAnonymous 4
21.   O beatissime Domine AnonymousAnonymous 4
22.   Ave sanctissima Maria AnonymousAnonymous 4
23.   Ecce Maria genuit [Mouton, JeanJean Mouton] 4 The first of two four-part settings
24.   Congratulamini omnes AnonymousAnonymous 4 Perhaps by Jean le Brung
25.   Egregrie Christi martir [De Févin, AntoineAntoine de Févin] 4 Also attributed to Mouton
26.   Alma redemptoris mater AnonymousAnonymous 4
27.   Dulces exuviae AnonymousAnonymous 4 Text from Aeneid IV.651–4
28.   Dulces exuviae ?[Agricola, AlexanderAlexander Agricola] 4 Text from Aeneid IV.651–4
29.   Dulces exuviae [Des Prez, JosquinJosquin des Prez] 4 Text from Aeneid IV.651–4. The uppermost voice of the motet is also that of Mouton’s motet on the same text
30.   Dulces exuviae [Mouton, JeanJean Mouton] 4 Text from Aeneid IV.651–4
31.   Dulces exuviae [Ghiselin, JohannesJohannes Ghiselin] 4 Text from Aeneid IV.651–4
32.   Absalon, fili mi ?[Des Prez, JosquinJosquin des Prez] 4 Also attributed to de La Rue
33.   Jesus autem transiens AnonymousAnonymous 4
34.   Anima mea liquefacta est [Isaac, HeinrichHeinrich Isaac] 4
35.   Tribulatio et angustia [Verdelot, PhilippePhilippe Verdelot] 4 Also attributed to Josquin

Works at CPDL

Title Year No. Composer Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Absalon, fili mi 1513 32 Josquin des Prez Sacred Motets 4 SATB, ATTB, TBBB
Ave Regina caelorum 1513 5 Pierre de la Rue Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Ave sanctissima Maria 1513 22 Anonymous Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Celeste beneficium 1513 2 Jean Mouton Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Considera Israel 1513 10 Pierre de la Rue Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Descendi in ortum meum 1513 6 Josquin des Prez Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Dulces exuviae 1513 29 Josquin des Prez Secular Odes 4 SATB, ATTB
Dulcissima Virgo Maria c.1513-25 14 Anonymous Sacred Motets 4 ATTB,SATB
Ecce Maria genuit 1513 23 Jean Mouton Sacred Motets 4 STTB
Sancta et immaculata 1513 14 Anonymous Sacred Motets 4 STTB
Sancta trinitas unus Deus 1498 7 Antoine de Févin Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Tota pulchra es (MS Royal 8.g.vii) 1513 17 Anonymous Sacred Motets 4 STTB,ATBB
Verbum bonum et suave 1513 19 Pierrequin de Thérache Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Vexilla Regis - Passio Domini 1513 8 Pierre de la Rue Sacred Motets 4 ATTB


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