Ave sanctissima Maria (Philippe Verdelot)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-27)  CPDL #36277:     
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2015-07-27).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 680 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: London Pro Musica, 1998, ed. Bernard Thomas. It has also been attributed to Claudin de Sermisy and possbly Pierre de La Rue. Notation here is a minor third higher than the original with note values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. The source had simply six voices: S, A1, A2, T1, T2, B. We have rearranged them into two choirs to highlight the canonic structure. 26 Jul 2015

General Information

Title: Ave sanctissima Maria
Composer: Philippe Verdelot

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SAATTB or SAT.ATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1534 in Motettorum, Book 3 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 20
Description: Three voices in canon with three other voices.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ave sanctíssima María,
Máter Déi, Regína caéli,
Pórta paradísi, Dómina múndi.
Tu es singuláris vírgo púra.
Tu concepísti Jésum
de spíritu sáncto / síne peccáto.
Tu concepísti creatórem múndi
in quo égo non dúbito.
Ora pro me Jésum diléctum túum
et líbera me ab ómnibus mális.

English.png English translation

Hail, most holy Mary,
Mother of God, Queen of heaven,
Gateway to paradise, ruler of the world.
You are the only pure virgin.
You conceived Jesus
by the Holy Spirit / without sin.
You conceived the creator of the world
in whom I do not doubt.
Pray for me to Jesus your beloved,
and free me from all evils.