M005 Descendi in hortum meum

Standardised text incipit: 
Descendi in hortum meum
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"F. Gaffor(us)" (I-Mfd 1)
In cycle(s): 
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 1, ff. 69v-70r
Number of voices: 
4
Mensuration: 
Length: 
48
Signature: 
b
Clefs: 
c1c2c3c4
Final: 
G
Music incipit: 
gfefgaba
gagfdefg
..gfefgf
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 
Modern editions: 
AMMM 5, 31-33
Literature: 
Discography: 
Further notes: 

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Descendi in hortum meum
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Assumption of the BVM (RR)
Full text: 

Descendi in hortum meum ut viderem et inspicerem si floruissent mala punica. Revertere Sunamitis ut intueamur te. 

O virgo sole splendidior, o cunctis astris clarior, adsis nobis, propitia consolatrix o Maria purissima.

English translation: 

I descended into my garden in order to look and see whether the pomegranates had bloomed. Return, o Shulammite, so that we may admire you.

O virgin, more splendid than the sun, o brighter than all the stars, be there for us, gracious consoler, o most pure Mary.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Descendi ... te ≈ Roman antiphon for Assumption, Cantus ID 002155

O ... purissima, compare: In nativitate BMV, AH 15, No. 74, pp. 100-101, st. 2
Maria, coelo serenior / et sole es splendidior / nec non et luna pulchrior / cunctisque astris clarior.

Related texts in polyphonic sources: 

I-TRbc MS 1377 [90] (“Trent 90”), ff. 309v-310r, Descendi in ortum nucum (J. Plummer)
Descendi in ortum nucum ut viderem et inspicerem si floruissent vinee et germinassent mala punica revertere sunamitis ut intueamur te alleluya.

I-TRbc MS 1378 [91] (“Trent 91”), ff. 89v-90r, Descendi in ortum nucum (anon.) 
Descendi in ortum nucum ut viderem poma convallium et inspicerem si floruissent vinee et germinassent mala punica revertere sunamitis ut inuteamur te.

Further polyphonic settings include works by John Dunstable (GB-Lbl Add. MS 54324), Jean Mouton (E-Bbc M 454 “Cancionero musical de Barcelona”), Ludwig Senfl (D-Z MS 81,2), Josquin Desprez (GB-Lbl Royal 8 G. vii), Jean LeBrung (Petrucci’s  Motetti de la Corona. Libro quarto, RISM 1519/3 ), an anonymous work in MotettiA and the Sicher Tablature (CH-SGs 530).

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

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Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
I-Mfd 1
069v-070r
Descendi in hortum meum
ID: M005
F. Gaffor(us)
Gaffurius, Franchinus
- C03 Hortus conclusus
T005 Descendi in hortum meum