Ave Regina coelorum a 4 (Guillaume Dufay)

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  • (Posted 2019-03-17)   CPDL #53612:   
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-03-17).   Score information: A4, 10 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Original pitch (for SATB). Original mensuration signs and note values are retained. Transcribed and edited from the Vatican Library source detailed below.
  • (Posted 2008-05-28)   CPDL #17011:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2008-05-27).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 163 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: File Sizes: PDF: 163 KB, MIDI: 15 KB, Finale 2004: 51 KB. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Ave Regina coelorum a 4 (one of 3 settings)
Composer: Guillaume Dufay

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotetVotive antiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c. 1465
  2nd published: 1474 or 1475 in Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS S. Pietro B.80 [Rome]

Description: This setting is often referred to as "Ave Regina caelorum III". Dufay famously requested in his will that it be performed at his bedside at the point of his death, a request that was unable to be fulfilled in time.

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Original text and translations

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Ave regina coelorum,
Miserere tui labentis Dufay,
Ne peccatorum ruat in ignem fervorum.

Salve radix sancta
Ex qua mundo lux est orta,
Miserere, miserere, genitrix Domini,
Ut pateat porta coeli debili.

Gaude gloriosa super omnes speciosa,
Miserere, miserere supplicanti Dufay.
Sitque in conspectu tuo mors eius speciosa.
Vale, valde decora, et pro nobis semper Christum exora,
In excelsis ne damnemur, miserere nobis.
Et iuva ut in mortis hora nostra sint corda decora.

Original text and translations may be found at Ave Regina caelorum #Other versions.