Jacquet of Mantua was born Jacques Colebault in Vitré, Brittany, in 148 he’s referred to as Jacquet of Mantua to distinguish him from another composer Jacquet de Berchem. He was yet another northerner who went south to Italy where he worked for a variety of patrons amongst the Rangoni of Modena, the Estes, until in 1526 he move to Mantua where as titular maestro di cappella of Mantua Cathedral he dominated the musical life of the city for more than thirty years. He was one of the most important composers of sacred polyphonic music in the period between Josquin and Palestrina.
His three-part setting of the Ave Maria was one of twelve of his motets published by Antonio Gardano in 1543 in Venice as part of collection entitled Motetta trium vocum that Gardano published these motets in a collection including motets by Cristóbal de Morales and Willært tells us much about the respect in which his contemporaries held him . It’s a smoothly serene and polished piece of work full of confidence in Our Lady’s sanctity. Enjoy :-)
Jacquet of Mantua (1483-1559): Ave Maria
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord be with you;
Performers: The Brabant Ensemble conducted by Stephen Rice