Ave Virgo gratiosa a 5 (Orazio Vecchi)

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  • (Posted 2016-03-26)  CPDL #39004:   
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2016-03-26).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Edited from facsimile of original pitch. Alla quarta bassa from chiavi alti.

General Information

Title: Ave Virgo gratiosa a 5
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Motecta, no. 10
Description: The Tenor in the prima pars paraphrases the Marian hymn Ave maris stella. In the secunda pars, it uses a phrase from this hymn in both regular and retrograde motion, set as a puzzle canon to the rubric "Vado & Venio ad vos".

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ave Virgo gratiosa
Stella sola clarior
Mater Dei gloriosa
Favo melis dulcior
Rubicunda plusquam rosa
lilio candidior.

Omnis virtus te decorat
Omnis sanctus te honorat
Iesus Christus te exaltat
In coelis sublimior.