Ave sanctissima Maria (Nicolas Gombert)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-01)  CPDL #58350:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2020-05-01).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 860 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Nicolai Gombert: Opera Omnia, ed. Joseph Schmidt-Görg, A.I.M., 1961. Notation here is a tone higher than the original with time values halved. Translation, text underlay, editorial accidentals and some alterations (see last page) by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 29 Apr 2020

General Information

Title: Ave sanctissima Maria
Composer: Nicolas Gombert

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1532 in Motteti del Fiore secundus liber cum quatuor vocibus (Jacques Moderne), no. 10
    2nd published: 1538 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider), Volume 2, no. 31
    3rd published: 1539 in Musica quatuor vocum liber primus, Edition 1, no. 18
    4th published: 1539 in Fior de mottetti primus liber cum quatuor vocibus (Antonio Gardano), no. 13
    Manuscript c.1569 in Cancionero de Medinaceli, no. 108
Description: Praise and prayer for the Virgin Mary.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ave sanctíssima María,
máter Déi, regína caeli,
pórta paradísi,
dómina múndi, singuláris, púra.
Tu es vírgo,
tu concepísti síne peccáto,
tu concepísti Jésum síne mácula,
tu peperísti
Creatórem et Salvatórem múndi,
in quo non dúbito.
Líbera nos ómnes ab ómnibus mális,
et óra pro peccátis nóstris.

English.png English translation

Hail, most holy Mary,
mother of God, queen of heaven,
gateway to Paradise,
ruler of the world, unique, pure.
You are a virgin,
you conceived without sin,
you conceived Jesus without a blemish,
you bore
the Creator and Savior of the world,
in whom I have no doubt.
Free us all from all evils,
and pray for our sins.