Ave, dulcissima Maria (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-04)  CPDL #61184:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-11-04).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 334 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
  • (Posted 2016-12-28)  CPDL #42429:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-12-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: transposed up a major 2nd to D. Revised files uploaded 07/02/18.
  • (Posted 2011-08-02)  CPDL #24078:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2011-08-02).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: m54-55 sop: the C that is tied from beat four to beat one should be C# just like the earlier repetition; m61 sop: last beat should be F rather than A just like the earlier repetition -- Vaarky (talk) 22:53, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
  • (Posted 2003-08-26)  CPDL #05566:   
Editor: Roberto Di Cecco (submitted 2003-08-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: written in original C clefs.

General Information

Title: Ave, dulcissima Maria
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1603 in Sacrae cantiones I, no. 3

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ave, dulcissima Maria,
vera spes et vita, dulce refrigerium!

O Maria, flos virginum,
ora pro nobis Jesum.

English.png English translation

Hail, sweetest Maria,
true hope and life, sweet comfort!

O Maria, flower of virgins,
pray for us to Jesus.