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Ave virgo sanctissima
5vv SSATB; 1560s
author of text
Old Spanish Antiphon for the Nativity of St John the Baptist, 24 June

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Ave virgo sanctissima
Francisco Guerrero’s five-voice Marian motet Ave virgo sanctissima was written in the 1560s. The Iberian fervour of Spanish Renaissance music is unmistakeable, and Guerrero ruled musical hearts and minds in late-sixteenth-century Seville. Ave virgo sanctissima employs a canon at the unison between the two treble parts, a feature which drives the music forward with each successive entry of the canonic voices. The masterstroke is Guerrero’s imitative use of the opening four notes of the solemn-tone Salve regina chant, which is triggered by the otherwise unrelated appearance of the word ‘Salve’. In the canonic upper voices the motif is heard three times, with increasing urgency, on the first, second, and fifth degrees of the mode.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2013

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Details for CDA67938 track 20
Recording date
5 October 2011
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Miserere (CDA67938)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: January 2013
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