Sancta et immaculata a 5 (Andrea Gabrieli)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-11)   CPDL #35709:  Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif LilyPond
Editor: Alistair Kirk (submitted 2015-06-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:Original source is in high clefs, so performance pitch was probably lower. With this score I've chosen to go down a tone for SSATB. However, the Lilypond source code is specially designed to be easy to transpose, change clefs, change music font size, change paper size etc, so users are encouraged to experiment. Corrections and constructive criticism welcomed.

General Information

Title: Sancta et Immaculata a 5
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredMotetResponsory vi at Matins of Christmas

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1565

Description: A short, but melismatic and lyrical Marian motet suitable for all liturgical contexts associated with the Virgin Mary.

Source: Andreae Gabrielis Sacrae Cantiones [...], Liber Primus , published Antonio Gardano, Venice 1565. This is Gabrieli's first published collection of his compositions and shows his early style. 1565 is an interesting date as Gabrieli's star was just rising in Venice - he had travelled to Munich in 1562, befriending Orlandus Lassus, and then he became organist at San Marco in 1566. Quite possibly this collection, dedicated to Prince Albert, Duke of Bavaria and probably at least partially composed while in Munich, helped Gabrieli to gain the post.

As suggested on the 1565 title page, instrumental support or substitution is optional but worth considering. The source is in high clefs, so downward transposition for performance was likely.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Sancta et immaculata virginitas.