The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria Part 10: Ave Maria a 8

Madonna with the Child (Luis de Morales circa 1520-1586) Unlike the four-part setting of the Ave Maria for four voices Victoria’s eight-part setting for double choir (SATB + SATB) is undoubtedly by him. It was first published in Venice in 1572 and Victoria – ever the perfectionist edited no less than eight times for re-publication the last time in 1600. I’ve sometimes seen it described as a ‘sumptuous’ piece of music and ‘sumptuous’ is the perfect word for it. It’s a splendid piece of music with a great sense of spaciousness every note of which I love from the . Victoria wrote it in a very effective antiphonal style in which homophonic and polyphonic passages alternate creating a dialogue between the two choirs. It’s a deceptively simple piece of music where as Ignacio Alcala puts it "the chiarouscuros suggested by the staves acquire a special significance and endow the score with feeling and with passion". It’s sung below by the Capella de Ministrers conducted by their founder Carles Magraner. Enjoy :-).


Text & Translation: Ave Maria a 8

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta Maria, Regina caeli, dulcis et pia,
O Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
ut cum electis te videamus.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Queen of Heaven, sweet and good,
O Mother of God, pray for us sinners
that with the chosen we may see thee.

Scores available from here: Ave Maria a 8 (Tomás Luis de Victoria) – ChoralWiki

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