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Ave sanctissima Maria (attrib. d’Este)


Downloadable files available:
  • Full vocal score
  • Keyboard reduction
  • Viol part
  • Audio file with pitch and count-in, in equal temperament [NB. There is no meantone audio file because of the key of the transposed score.]

Voice ranges as in thumbnail. More details, perusal score, and audio sample below.

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Source: Musica motteta materna lingua vocata quinque vocum (Venice: Gardano, 1543; RISM 1543/2)

Transposition: up seventh from original print.

Difficulty: moderately hard.

Length: 03:26 mins.

Editors/copyright: Laurie Stras, Deborah Roberts, Sally Dunkley © 2017.

Perusal score: Watermarked. Please click here.


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Text and translation

Prayer (attr. Pope Sixtus IV)

Ave sanctissima Maria, mater Dei, regina caeli, porta paradisi, domina mundi.
Pura singularis tu es virgo.
Tu concepisti Iesum sine peccato.
Tu peperisti creatorem et salvatorem mundi in quo non dubito.
Libera me ab omni malo et ora pro peccatis meis.

Hail most holy Mary, mother of God, queen of heaven, door of paradise, ruler of the world.
You are a uniquely pure virgin.
You conceived Jesus without sin.
You bore the creator and saviour of the world, in whom I do not doubt.
Free me from every evil and pray for me, a sinner.


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