Ecce Maria genuit (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2021-09-18)  CPDL #65826:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2021-09-18).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 460 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: New Josquin Edition, vol. 21, ed. Willem Elders et al., 2007. Notation here is at the original pitch with time values halved. Translation, text underlay and editorial accidentals are by John Hetland and the Renaissance Street Singers. 5 Sep 2021

General Information

Title: Ecce Maria genuit
Composer: Josquin des Prez
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1521 in Motetti libro primo (Antico), no. 8
    Manuscript c.1527 in Cappella Sistina MS 46, no. 17
    2nd published: 1538 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider), Volume 2, no. 29.5
Description: This is the last in a series of five related motets beginning with O admirabile commercium.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Ecce María génuit nóbis salvatórem,
quem Johánnes vídens exclamávit, dícens:
Ecce ágnus Déi,
écce qui tóllit peccáta múndi.

English.png English translation

Behold, Mary bore for us a savior;
John, seeing him, cried aloud, saying:
"Behold the lamb of God,
behold who takes away the sins of the world!"