O magnum mysterium (Adrian Willaert)

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Complete with Ave Maria

  • (Posted 2011-07-29)  CPDL #24033:     
Editor: Edward Tambling (submitted 2011-07-29).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key for ATTB.
  • (Posted 2010-06-17)  CPDL #21811:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2010-06-17).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: underlay errors. See the discussion page for full description.
  • (Posted 2003-11-01)  CPDL #05902:        (Finale 2006)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2003-11-01).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: written in modern clefs. Edition updated March 18, 2010.

First part only

  • (Posted 2004-07-09)  CPDL #07547:      (Finale 2003)
Editor: Filippo Simone Lo Castro (submitted 2004-07-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 14 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2007-01-31)  CPDL #13521: Alternative final:  
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2007-01-31).   Score information: 20.1 x 27.6 cm, 1 page, 19 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: O magnum mysterium is the first half of a longer work and ends in the dominant, sounding inconclusive. This PDF contains an alternative final four bars returning to the tonic (by Mick Swithinbank).
  • (Posted 2003-08-26)  CPDL #05582:  Network.png
Editor: Roberto Di Cecco (submitted 2003-08-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: written in original C clefs. The original website is not available any more, however this score remains available for downloading through archive.org (June 16, 2013).

General Information

Title: O magnum mysterium - Ave Maria
Composer: Adrian Willaert

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Motetti libro secondo a quattro voci, Edition 1, no. 14
    2nd published: 1545 in Musica quatuor vocum quae vulgo motecta nuncupatur liber primus, Edition 2, no. 9
    3rd published: 1977 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 5, no. 11

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O magnum mysterium.