Ave Maria (Robert Parsons)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-15)  CPDL #63488:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-15).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 223 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A bar-less edition of the motet; the division between the voices has been altered at the beginning of the piece.
  • (Posted 2019-07-19)  CPDL #59432:  Original note values and pitch, for STTBarB:    
  • (Posted 2019-07-19)  CPDL #59430:  Original note values, transposed up a minor third for SAATB:    
  • (Posted 2020-06-30)  CPDL #54833:  Halved note values, original pitch, for STTBarB:    
  • (Posted 2020-06-30)  CPDL #54831:  Halved note values, transposed up a minor third for SAATB:    
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2020-06-30).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 266 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the two surviving sixteenth-century sources. Robert Dow’s set of partbooks is the only source to preserve all the voices of Parsons’s motet. Unfortunately Dow’s text is unreliable, as he was prone to alter the underlay and note values of the music he copied to suit his taste. The other source, a single partbook from an otherwise lost set, is more trustworthy. It reveals some of the ways in which Dow altered Parsons’s music and, where Dow was inconsistent, which of his alternative readings are correct: see the critical commentary appended to the score. This partbook forms the basis of this edition and its readings are extrapolated to the other parts to return the underlay and note values to a state closer to Parsons’s lost original.
  • (Posted 2020-05-26)  CPDL #58833:       
Editor: James Wetzel (submitted 2020-05-26).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52329:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2016-08-28)  CPDL #40930:   
Editor: Tanmoy Laskar (submitted 2016-08-28).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 1.27 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2009-10-09)  CPDL #20312:     
Editor: Sjouke Bruining (submitted 2009-10-09).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 336 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2002-07-07)  CPDL #03801:  Network.png
Editor: George Steel (submitted 2002-07-07).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: part of the Robert Parsons Project. Transposed up a minor third from the original, note values halved.
  • (Posted 1999-07-27)  CPDL #00334:         
Editor: Rick Wheeler (submitted 1999-07-27).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a major third from the original, note values halved, and arranged for SAATBB (original is 5-parts, Mean, 2 Countertenors, Tenor, and Bass).
  • Training aids:   Soprano:    Alto 1:    Alto 2:    Tenor:    Bass1:    Bass2:  
Contributor: Helene Morleghem (submitted 2015-03-05).   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: based on CPDL #00334.

General Information

Title: Ave Maria
Composer: Robert Parsons

Number of voices: 5vv or 6vv   Voicings: ATTBB, SAATB or SAATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 48

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ave Maria. N.B. Parsons' setting utilises the shorter version of the text that was prevalent prior to the additional words (Sancta Maria etc./Holy Mary etc.) appended by St Petrus Canisius in the catechism instigated by the Council of Trent in 1566.