Gaude, flore virginali

Series: Renaissance  Publisher: A-R Editions
This edition is part of the collection Motetti Missales Edition
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Gaude, flore virginali
A Motetti Missales Cycle from Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Mus. Ms. 3154

Edited by Agnese Pavanello

R178 Gaude, flore virginali
978-1-9872-0861-0 Full Score (2023) 8.5x11, xxi + 30 pp.
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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 anonymous motet cycle Gaude, flore virginali consists of six four-voice motets based on stanzas of the eponymous rhymed Marian poem. It is one of only two motetti missales cycles preserved in a source outside Milan: Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Mus. Ms. 3154 (the Leopold Codex). All six motets in the cycle are unica within this source. The last three motets bear loco rubrics indicating their placement in the mass liturgy.
Gaude, flore virginali
1. Gaude, flore virginali
2. Gaude, sponsa cara Dei
3. Gaude, splendens vas virtutum
4. Gaude, nexu voluntatis
5. Gaude, mater miserorum
6. Gaude, virgo mater pura
Agnese Pavanello is a research associate at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, one of the affiliated institutes of the Musik-Akademie Basel and the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz. Her research interests focus on Renaissance sacred polyphony and instrumental music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She has published articles on Arcangelo Corelli as well as studies and editions of music by composers of the following generation (Locatelli, Bomporti, and Tartini). Her contributions to Renaissance studies concern in particular the Franco-Flemish composer Gaspar van Weerbeke, and she has published editions of his masses and motets as well as studies on specific works. More recently, in two research projects, she has focused on issues concerning the transmission and function of motet cycles at the end of the fifteenth century, exploring the historical and liturgical-devotional context of the Milanese motetti missales.