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O Virgo Splendens (Llibre Vermell, 14th century)

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This mesmerizing three-part canon, to which we’ve added harp and lute, is one of ten devotional “pilgrim” songs addressed to the Virgin, from the 14th century Catalonian “Llibre Vermell” of Montserrat.

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O VIRGO SPLENDENS
(Antiphona dulcis armonia dulcissime virginis Marie de Monteserrato. Caça de duobus vel tribus)

O Virgo splendens hic in monte celso Miraculis serrato fulgentibus ubique quem fideles conscendunt universi.

Eya pietatis occulo placato cerne ligatos fune peccatorum ne infernorum ictibus graventur sed cum beatis tua prece vocentur.

TRANSLATION:
(Antiphon in sweet harmony for the Virgin Mary from Montserrat. Canon in two or three voices)

O resplendent Virgin, here on the high mountain, glowing with miraculous wonders where the believers from everywhere ascend.

Ah, with your gentle loving eye behold those caught in the bonds of sin, to let them not suffer the blows of Hell, but let them be with the blessed by your intercession.

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

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Mignarda Danby, New York

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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