Josquin des Prez – Ave Christe SATB
per 10 copies
11 pages. Also available for ATBarB.
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A substantial and attractive motet suitable for Eucharistic devotions. Its beauty lies in the composer’s treatment of particular words with great rhetorical effect (e.g. redemisti), making it very moving as a devotional piece. The source for the work attributes it to Josquin. However, an earlier manuscript source suggests Noel Bauldeweyn as the composer and there is some musical evidence to doubt its authenticity, such as uncharacteristically dissonant passing harmonies. It was not unknown for publishers to deliberately misattribute works to Josquin in order to maximise sales (Nicolas Gombert’s Lugebat David is a famous victim of this practice) and this may well be another example.
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