M040 Alma redemptoris mater

Standardised text incipit: 
Alma redemptoris mater
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"Gaspar" (I-Mfd 1, index; as part of C13a)
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 1, ff. 135v-136r
Number of voices: 
4
Mensuration: 
Length: 
49
Signature: 
b (bb in B)
Clefs: 
g2c2c3c4
Final: 
G
Music incipit: 
gefgfbab
dgcabac.
gdedbcb.
gecdcbbf
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

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

Modern editions: 
AMMM 11, 48-50; CMM 106.3
Discography: 
Further notes: 

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Alma redemptoris mater
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Marian feasts and observances
Full text: 

Alma redemptoris mater, quae pervia caeli
Porta manes et stella maris, succurre cadenti
Surgere qui curat populo. Tu, quae genuisti, 
Natura mirante, tuum sanctum genitorem;
Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore 
Sumens illud, ave, peccatorum miserere.

English translation: 

Kind mother of the redeemer, you who remain as an open gate of heaven, and star of the sea;
Succor the people, falling though trying to rise. You who begot in miraculous manner your holy begetter;
Virgin before and after, accepting this from Gabriel's mouth, hail, have mercy of the sinners.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

One of the four main Marian antiphons (sung at compline from the Saturday before Advent until the Purification of the BVM), AH 50, No. 244, pp. 317-318

See also Cantus ID 001356

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

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Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
I-Mfd 1
135v-136r
Alma redemptoris mater
ID: M040
Gaspar (index; as part of C13a)
Weerbeke, Gaspar van
- C13a Quam pulchra es (8 motets)
T040 Alma redemptoris mater