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Alma Redemptoris Mater, by Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 – 1611)

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Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 – 1611)

One of the four Marian Antiphons (Alma Redemptoris Mater, Ave Regina cælorum, Regina cæli, Salve Regina), the chant, Alma Redemptoris Mater is credited to Hermanus Contractus (1013 – 1054), and is sung at the close of the day. Proper from the first Sunday in Advent until the Feast of the Purification (February 2).

Our arrangement of this five-voice motet displays Victoria's gift for beautiful melodic lines as they emerge and intermingle.


Alma Redemptoris Mater,
quae pervia cæli porta manes,
et stella maris, succurre cadenti,
surgere qui curat, populo:
Tu quæ genuisti, natura mirante,
tuum sanctum Genitorem,
Virgo prius ac posterius,
Gabrielis ab ore sumens illud Ave,
peccatorum miserere.

Loving mother of the Redeemer,
the portal to heaven, star of the sea,
Assist your people who have fallen
yet strive to rise again.
You who bore your Creator
to the wonderment of nature,
Yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners.


from Magnum Mysterium: Advent & Christmas music for lute & voice, released November 1, 2016
Performed live by Mignarda; Donna Stewart, voice & Ron Andrico, lute. Arranged from the original source by Ron Andrico, Mignarda Editions



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Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with ten critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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