Nesciens mater virgo virum (Jean Mouton)

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  • (Posted 2013-12-10)  CPDL #30755:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2013-12-10).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Performing edition based on the edition by Andrew Leonard on cpdl, but transposed up a tone and with an added tenor part, reinforcing the three alto lines when they are low.
  • (Posted 2013-08-04)  CPDL #29765:   
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2013-08-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 578 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Scored for SSABar.ATBarB
  • (Posted 2012-09-09)  CPDL #27139:     
Editor: Tim Symons (submitted 2012-09-09).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 583 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: © 2012 Gimell Records. Scored for MMAT.TTTB.
  • (Posted 2008-02-19)  CPDL #16159:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-19).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
  • (Posted 2006-03-17)  CPDL #11269:  Network.png PDF file
Editor: Hans Mons (submitted 2006-03-17).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: individual choir pdfs also available. Non-commercial copying welcome.
  • (Posted 2002-07-20)  CPDL #03855:       
Editor: Andrew Leonard (submitted 2002-07-20).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Nesciens mater virgo virum
Composer: Jean Mouton

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSABar.ATBarB
Genre: SacredMotetChristmas

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1521 in Motetti et carmina gallica (Antico?), no. 1
    2nd published: 1534 in Motettorum, Book 3 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 6
    3rd published: 1540 in Selectissimae necnon familiarissimae cantiones (Salminger), no. 17
    4th published: 1547 in Dodecachordon (Henricus Glareanus), p. 466
    5th published: 1564 in Thesaurus Musicus (Berg and Neuber), Volume 1, no. 4
Description: This magnificent 8-voice motet is a compositional masterpiece, being a quadruple canon at the fifth with a delay of two measures.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Nesciens mater.