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Ave virgo sanctissima (Josquin)


We use this canon as a warm up for the whole choir – altos go high, sops go low!

Downloadable files available:
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  • Audio files with pitch and count-in, in equal temperament and quarter-comma meantone

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

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SourceSelectissimae necnon familiarissimae cantiones (Augsburg, 1540; RISM 15407)

Transposition: up sixth from print.

Difficulty: moderately difficult.

Length: 02:45 mins.

Editors/copyright: Deborah Roberts © 2015.

Perusal score: Watermarked. Please click here.

Organ reduction

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Text and translation

Ave Virgo sanctissima
Dei mater piisima
Maris stella clarissima
Salve semper gloriosa
Margarita pretiosa
Sicut lilium formosa
Nitens olens velut rosa.

Hail, Holy Virgin
most blessed Mother of God
bright star of the sea
Hail ever glorious
precious pearl
lovely as the lily
beautiful and perfumed as the rose.