Ave Maria … benedicta tu, a 6 (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2005-10-20)  CPDL #09991:  Network.png
Editor: Rupert Preston Bell (submitted 2005-10-20).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved, transposed up a whole step.
  • (Posted 2000-10-12)  CPDL #01472:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2000-10-12).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: In measure 62 of the Bass part, the C should surely be an E See the discussion page for full description.

General Information

Title: Ave Maria a 6
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1537 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider), Volume 1, no. 2
  2nd published: 1558 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber), Volume 1, no. 2

Description: Second part of a Pater noster / Ave Maria pair. See Pater noster (Josquin des Prez) for prima pars.

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Text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ave Maria.


In Novum et insigne opus musicum, the second half of the text is addressed to Jesus, not Mary:

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Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus tecum;
benedicta tu in mulieribus
et benedictus fructus ventris tui.
O Jesu fili Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
ut cum electis te videamus.