Ave verum corpus, a 5 (Josquin des Prez)

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Original key
  • CPDL #22968:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2011-01-06).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 174 kB    Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Minimal editorial additions restricted to inserting a missing note and missing rests from the source. Discantus (top) part lies a little low for most sopranos, and the work is better suited to AATTB voicing. Revised sound file uploaded 2013-08-27. Revised score uploaded 2013-08-27.
Transposed edition (up a whole tone)
  • CPDL #29986:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2013-08-26).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 173 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a whole tone from the original. Minimal editorial additions restricted to inserting a missing note and missing rests from the source. Revised score uploaded 2013-08-27.

General Information

Title: Ave verum corpus, á 5
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: AATTB or SATTB
Genre: SacredMotetEucharistic song

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1568 in Cantiones Triginta Selectissimae, no. 26

Description: This motet is in three parts. The fifth voice (Altera vox) throughout is a canon at a perfect fifth above the Tenor part, following at three breves, two breves, and one breve in the first, second, and third parts, respectively.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ave verum corpus.