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Felix namque es (attrib. d’Este)


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  • Keyboard reduction
  • Audio files with pitch and count-in, in equal temperament and quarter-comma meantone
  • NB: There is no viol part for this work as no voice carries a bass line.

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: Scotto, 1543; RISM 1543/2)

Transposition: Up octave from original print.

Difficulty: hard.

Length: 04:40 mins.

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

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Text and translation

Matins responsory: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Felix namque es sacra Virgo Maria, et omni laude dignissima: quia ex te enim ortus est sol iustitiae, Christus Deus noster.

Ora pro populo, interveni pro clero, intercede pro devoto femineo sexu: sentiant omnes tuum iuvamen, quicunque celebrant tuam sanctam nativitatem: quia ex te ortus est sol iustitiae, Christus Deus noster.

Truly, you are happy, sacred Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise: because out of you is sprung the sun of righteousness, Christ our God.

Pray for the people, intervene for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God: let all feel your assistance, whosoever celebrates your holy birth: because out of you is sprung the sun of righteousness, Christ our God.


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