Compère: Hodie nobis de virgine
Hodie nobis de virgine
A Motetti Missales Cycle from the Milanese Libroni
Edited by Daniele V. Filippi
R185 Compère: Hodie nobis de virgine
978-1-9872-0873-3 Full Score (2023) 8.5x11, xxiii + 38 pp.
The motet cycles known as motetti missales are among the most intriguing repertoires of late-fifteenth-century polyphony. This series features a new critical edition of the six cycles by Loyset Compère, Gaspar van Weerbeke, and Franchinus Gaffurius included in the Milanese Libroni and of the two anonymous cycles transmitted in the Leopold Codex (Munich MS 3154). For the first time this corpus is presented with uniform editorial criteria, facilitating the comparison of mensural choices and other compositional strategies. Furthermore, the introduction of each volume thematizes the peculiar characteristics of each cycle, in terms of textual choices, use of preexisting material, and musical design, allowing for a new assessment of the motetti missales that goes beyond the homogenizing stereotypes of earlier literature and accounts for the individual contributions of the various composers. The editors’ insight in this repertoire is the result of two interdisciplinary research projects financed by the Swiss National Fund and carried out at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in 2014–21.
The cycle Hodie nobis de virgine by Loyset Compère (ca. 1450–1518) consists of eight four-voice motets on assorted Christmas texts, making it the only of Compère’s motet cycles to center clearly on a specific occasion of the liturgical year. All eight motets are preserved uniquely in Librone 1 of the Milanese Libroni (Gaffurius Codices) and bear loco rubrics indicating their placement in the mass liturgy.
Hodie nobis de virgine
1. Hodie nobis de virgine
2. Beata Dei genitrix
3. Hodie nobis Christus natus est
4. Genuit puerpera regem
5. Sanctus—Verbum caro factum est
6. Memento, salutis auctor
7. Quem vidistis, pastores
8. O admirabile commercium
Daniele V. Filippi held research fellowships at Boston College (2012–14) and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (2014–20) before taking up his current position as a tenure-track researcher at the Università degli Studi di Torino in 2022. His scholarly interests include early modern music and spirituality, historical soundscapes, and musical intertextuality. He has published critical editions, books, articles, and book chapters on such composers as Gaffurius, Victoria, Marenzio, and Palestrina. For A-R Editions he has edited G. F. Anerio’s Selva Armonica (B141).