Alleluia. Ave Maria - Virga Jesse floruit (William Byrd)

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  • CPDL #04434:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-12-30).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised January 2008. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #03649:  Network.png
Editor: Rupert Preston Bell (submitted 2002-05-30).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Alleluia - Ave Maria
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotetAlleluia verse

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 20

Description: Alleluia for the Feast of the Annunciation during Paschal Time (which in fact hardly ever occurs). Replaced at other times by the tract Gaude Maria. Byrd also apparently intended the piece as the Alleluia for the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin during Paschal Time, but here the order of the verses Ave Maria and Virga Jesse is reversed – a reversal which cannot be done with the piece as written.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ave Maria and Virga Jesse floruit.