Gaude virgo (John Sheppard)

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  • (Posted 2024-04-07) 
CPDL #80028:  Original note values:    
CPDL #53292:  Halved note values:    
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2024-04-07).   Score information: A4, 26 pages, 959 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Revised edition 2024. Edited from the surviving early manuscripts. Transposed up a fourth from the "low clef" compasses. Missing portions of the Treble voice reconstructed by the editor. A critical commentary is appended to the score.

General Information

Title: Gaude virgo
Composer: John Sheppard

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBarB with divisions
Genre: SacredAntiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Gaude virgo is the only large-scale votive antiphon by Sheppard to survive in more than a fragmentary state. Even this has not survived unscathed. All the necessary voice parts survive for the reduced-voice sections, but the full choir sections lack the Treble part. It is unfortunate that it is such a prominent voice part that is incomplete, but the quality of the work justifies an attempt at completion.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Gaude Virgo Christipara
quam adumbrans lux divina
selegit ex virginibus.

Sola ut esses singulari
quam contigit decorari
partu imbuta caelibus.

Ex te semen hoc divinum
cujus caput serpentinum
est contritum viribus.

Christum dico designatum
sed pro nobis incarnatum
ex tuis visceribus.

Ergo Sathan, mors, peccatum
hinc videtis procretum
ut vestra habens capita.

Laus sit Patri et majestas
tibi Christi rex potestas,
qui consopisti omnia.