M230 Mente tota

Standardised text incipit: 
Mente tota
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"Josquin de pres" (MotettiLQ; as part of C53a)
Reference source: 
MotettiLQ, ff. 28r-28v (S), 90v (A), 58v (T), 123v-124r (B)
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

A typical melodic formula commonly used for litanies is quoted in C (call) and T (response) in the passage "Sancta Maria ... intercede pro nobis"

"Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis." (LU 836)

This motet possibly quotes further pre-existing material, but it can not be linked to any Cantus prius factus with a corresponding text.

Modern editions: 
NJE 25 (No. 14)
Further notes: 

Additional concordances in mss. that do not transmit motet cycles: RISM 1539/2, No. 11; RISM 1559/2, No. 11; CH-SGs MS 463 (“Tschudi Liederbuch”); D-B MS Mus. 40021, No. 106, ff. 217v-218r; D-Mbs Mus. MS 19, No. 7, ff. 58v-63r; D-Rp C 120 (“Pernner Codex"), No. 44, ff. 85-86 (untexted); I-Rvat MS Capp. Sist. 26, No. 14, ff. 136v-138r; PL-Wu 5832 (olim 2016), ff. 92v-93r; I-Pc MS A.17, No. 102, ff. 154v-155r.

This motet is the basis of Févin’s parody mass.

See also The Josquin Research Project.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Mente tota
Full text: 

Mente tota tibi supplicamus ut sicut filio tuo domino nostro Iesu Christo aliquando displicuimus, modo viceversa immutatis moribus per te usque in finem complaceamus. Preces nostras, virgo mirabilis, ideo ne despicias quia ore indigno nomen sanctum tuum invocare praesumimus. 

Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis.

Sancta dei genitrix, ora pro nobis.

Sancta virgo virginum, intercede pro nobis.



English translation: 

With all our heart we pray to you that just like we sometimes incurred in the displeasure of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, we may on the contrary, after our conduct has been changed through you, meet with his approval til the end. Admirable virgin, do not disdain our prayers because we dare to invoke your holy name with unworthy mouth:

Holy Mary, pray for us;
holy mother of God, pray for us;
holy virgin of virgins, intercede for us.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

No direct correspondence in a standard ref work could be found.

Related texts in other sources: 

Sancta Maria...intercede pro nobis = standard litanic formula

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

Displaying 1 - 3 of 3
Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
D-Usch 237 (a-d)
S:011r-011v A:011v-012r T:008r-008v B:009v-010r
Mente tota
ID: M230
Josquin des Prez
- C53c Sancta dei genitrix
T230 Mente tota
I-Mfd [4]
Mente tota
ID: M230
Josquin des Prez
- C53b Ora pro nobis virgo
T230 Mente tota
S:028r-028v A:090v T:058v B:123v-124r
Mente tota
ID: M230
Josquin de pres (as part of C53)
Josquin des Prez
- C53a Vultum tuum
T230 Mente tota