Josquin des Prez – Illibata Dei virgo ATTBarB
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12 pages. Available for other voice combinations on request.
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Josquin was renowned for his Marian music and this piece is a particularly special example of his work in the genre. The text forms an acrostic of IOSQUIN DesPREZ and the Tenor sings an 3 note ostinato to the syllables La Mi La (interpreted as the solmisation of the vowels in Maria). Each section is a faster tempi than the preceding one – with the Tenor note values also diminishing – and it builds to an exciting climax.
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