Sancta Maria succurre miseris (Benedictus Appenzeller)
- Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2021-01-01). Score information: A4, 11 pages, 2.18 MB Copyright: Personal
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Title: Sancta Maria succurre miseris
Composer: Benedictus Appenzeller
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Motet, Canon
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1548 in Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. 2 Mus.pr. 156#5
2nd published: 1567 in Clemens Stephani: Suavissimae et iucundissimae harmoniae (Gerlach, Nuremberg)
Description: This canon appears in a collection of broadsheets now held at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich under the shelfmark 2 Mus.pr. 156. The page is dated 1548, with a dedication to the dowager queen Mary of Hungary and Bohemia, governor of the Netherlands, whom Appenzeller served as maître des enffans de la chappelle and to whom the piece was presented, printed on a napkin. The music for two of the voices is printed in table-book format; the other two may be derived by inversion, with the derived voice either following or preceding the printed one. The following inscriptions are given as hints at the resolutions: Licet bene operor est qui contrariatur ("Although I work well, there is one who opposes"); Erunt primi novissimi et novissimi primi ("The first will be last and the last first"); Qui non est mecum. Contra me est ("Who is not with me is against me"). The two resolutions are indicated on another broadsheet in the same collection.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Sancta Maria, succurre miseris.