Benedicta es, caelorum regina (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-26)  CPDL #65600:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2021-08-26).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 273 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: original pitch for A.T.T.T.B.B.
  • (Posted 2021-08-26)  CPDL #65599:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2021-08-26).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 279 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third for S.A.A.T.B.B.
  • (Posted 2010-08-17)  CPDL #22126:           
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2010-08-17).   Score information: Letter, 14 pages, 333 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: Josquin Desprez: Werken, edited by A. Smijers and others, Amsterdam, 1921-. Original part names are Superius, Quinta Vox, Altus, Tenor, Bassus, and Sexta Vox. Notation here is a minor third higher than original, time values halved. Translation, text underlay and musica ficta by John Hetland and The Renaissance Street Singers. 30 Aug 2010

Excerpt "Per illud ave prolatum"

  • (Posted 2015-06-22)  CPDL #35856:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-06-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: 2 voices, SA.
  • (Posted 2000-07-12)  CPDL #01119:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and ABC files available.
Editor: Laura Conrad (submitted 2000-07-12).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: GnuGPL
Edition notes: In partbook format, #4 from 'Bicinia'. For SA.

General Information

Title: Benedicta es, caelorum regina
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: ATTTBB or SAATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1520 in Liber selectarum cantionum (Grimm & Wirsung), no. 6, p. 60
    2nd published: 1537 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider), Volume 1, no. 10
    3rd published: 1553 in Liber primus collectorum modulorum (Du Chemin & Goudimel), no. 1
    4th published: 1558 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 1, no. 4
    5th published: 1568 in Novi thesauri musici (Pietro Giovannelli), Liber 4, no. 8
    6th published: 1590 in Bicinia, sive cantiones (Phalèse & Bellère) – 'Per illud ave' only, no. 4
    7th published: 1591 in Compendium musicae (ed. Adam Gumpelzhaimer) – 'Per illud ave' only, Edition 1, no. 149
    8th published: 1591 in Bicinia sacra (ed. Friedrich Lindner) – 'Per illud ave' only, no. 39
    9th published: 1612 in Biciniorum Libri duo – 'Per illud ave' only, Liber 2, no. 1
Description: One of Josquin's more famous compositions, parodied in Missa Benedicta es (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina), Missa Benedicta es (Claudio Merulo) and Magnificat Benedicta es (Orlando di Lasso).

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Benedicta es caelorum regina.