Ad te clamamus (Salve regina) (Christopher Tye)

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  • (Posted 2014-08-30)  CPDL #32808:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2014-08-30).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 178 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key (TTBarBB); note values halved. Editorial accidentals added. For practical use, a version of the missing Salve Regina text, from the 1502 Processionale ad usum Sarum, is included.

General Information

Title: Ad te clamamus (Salve regina)
Composer: Christopher Tye

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: TTBarBB
or AATBB Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 14
Description: In the Sarum rite, a Marian antiphon could be sung as a separate evening devotion. This setting of part of the Salve Regina text may be a standalone composition, though it is more likely a surviving fragment of a complete polyphonic setting.

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Salve Regina.
The text set polyphonically by Tye is in bold. Note the textual differences between the Roman and Sarum versions of this antiphon.

Latin.png Latin text

Salve, regina misericordie:
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exules filii Evae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes,
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eya ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte,
et Jhesum benedictum fructum ventris tui
nobis post hoc exilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Maria.

English.png English translation

Hail, queen of mercy:
our life, our sweetness, and our hope, hail.
To thee we cry, exiled children of Eve.
To thee we sigh, mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears.
Therefore, our advocate,
turn those merciful eyes toward us,
and Jesus, blessed fruit of thy womb,
show to us after this exile.
O clement, O pious, O sweet Mary.