Ista est speciosa (Mathieu Gascongne)

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Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-10-07).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 925 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone. Note values halved. "Bottom-up" and "top-down" resolutions of the canon provided.

General Information

Title: Ista est speciosa
Composer: Mathieu Gascongne
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 12vv   Voicing: SSSAAATTTBBB
Genre: SacredMotetCanon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

 Manuscript c.1514 in Pepys MS 1760, Magdalene College, Cambridge, no. 3

Description: Canon 12-in-1. This piece appears in a choirbook possibly compiled for Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, on her marriage to Louis XII of France in 1514. A single voice is provided, inscribed Epithoniza bina tempora pausando vel econverso ("At a higher tone, resting two time periods, or the converse"). The music contains 11 congruence signs indicating where each voice (in addition to the notated voice) ends. The canon can be resolved in two ways: (i) start with the notated voice, adding each voice a note higher than the previous entry; (ii) start with an inversion of the notated voice, adding each voice a note lower than the previous entry. In either case, to avoid tritones, the music must modulate at regular intervals.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ista est speciosa inter filias Jerusalem.

English.png English translation

This is the beautiful one among the daughters of Jerusalem.