Anchieta, Juan - Ave sanctissima Maria

public domainfor mixed choir a cappella

year of composition / 1st publication: s.a.

Juan de Anchieta (1462-1523) 

Composer: Juan de Anchieta (1462-1523)
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Country of origin / activity: Spain
Text author: traditional, but This is not the 'Ave Maria' text.
Arranger / Editor: N/A

Available documentation:

not available
My thanks and appreciation to
for sending me this score.

Lyrics: (source)
Ave Sanctissima Maria, mater Dei.
Regina cæli, porta paradisi,
Domina mundi,
pura singularis.
Tu concepisti Iesum sine peccato;
tu peperisti Creatorem
et Salvatorem mundi
in quo non dubito.
Libera me ab omni malo,
et ora pro peccato meo. Amen.
Hail, most holy Mary, Mother of God,
Queen of Heaven, Gate of Paradise,
Lady of the world,
Thou art the uniquely pure virgin.
Thou conceived Jesus without sin.
Thou broughtest forth the Creator
and Saviour of the world,
in whom is my trust.
Deliver me from all evil,
and pray for my sin. Amen.

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CD: AVE MARIA Les plus beaux Ave Maria et chants a la Vierge CD2  tr01_Ave Sanctissima Maria (Anchieta, Juan de)

CD: Juan de Anchieta - Missa sin nomine  
tr11_Ave Sanctissima Maria (Anchieta, Juan de)

Video - posted on YouTube:

Uploaded on Sep 29, 2011 Juan de Anchieta (1462 - 1523)
Intérpretes: Capilla Peñaflorida & Ministriles de Marsias (Josep Cabré)

Internet references, biography information:
Composer. A leading musician at the Spanish Royal Court and one of the last representatives of the Medieval tradition. His "Libera Me" (c. 1497) is among the earliest known settings from the Requiem text. Anchieta was born in Guipuzcoa, near Azpeitia, into a distinguished Basque family. On his mother's side he was related to future Catholic saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), and he became a monk in the Franciscan Order. From 1489 he was a prominent member of the Royal Chapel and his wealth and influence secured him several important church benefices, including the title Honorary Abbot of Arbos. Under Queen Joanna of Castile ("Joanna the Mad") Anchieta visited Flanders and England and worked with the Flemish master Pierre de La Rue. In 1519 he retired to a Franciscan monastery he had founded in Azpeitia; his wish to be buried there was denied and he was interred at the Church of San Sebastian de Soreasu, where he had served as nominal Rector since 1503. In his will he left a considerable sum of money to a "loose woman" (his words) in the town, suggesting he may have had a child with her. As a composer Anchieta symbolized the gradual transition between the Medieval and Renaissance periods of Spanish music, which lagged somewhat behind other European countries. Although he was aware of the new polyphonic developments of the Franco-Flemish School (through his travels and association with La Rue), his style remained essentially chordal and rooted in 12th Century plainchant; only in his delicate word-setting does he achieve a more contemporary humanist spirit. About 30 of his compositions survive, including two complete Masses, the "Missa Sine Nomine" and "Missa Rex virginum", four Passions, two Magnificats, a "Salve Regina", seven motets and a handful of secular songs to Spanish texts ("Dos anades", "En Memoria d'Alixandre"). He is not to be confused with another Juan de Anchieta (1540 - 1588), a noted sculptor.  (bio by: Bobb Edwards)
Juan de Anchieta (Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, 1462 – Azpeitia, 1523) was a leading Spanish Basque composer of the Renaissance, at the Royal Court Chaplaincy in Granada of Queen Isabel I of Castile.

Born into a leading Basque family, his mother was a great-aunt of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.[1] In 1489 he was appointed to the chapel of Queen Isabella and in 1495 became maestro di capilla to Prince Don Juan, returning to the Queen's service after the Prince's death in 1497, and in 1504 to that of the new Queen, Joanna the Mad. He held various church benefices, from 1518 as Abbot of Arbós, town located at the province of Tarragona, as a chaplain at Granada Cathedral, spending his final years in a Franciscan convent he had founded in Azpeitia.
Sacred Music
Some thirty of Juan de Anchieta's compositions survive, among them two complete Masses, two Magnificats, a Salve Regina, four attributed Passion settings, with other sacred works and four compositions with Spanish texts. The two Masses and many motets which survived, show extensive use of plainsong and much chordal writing.[1] He was among the leading Spanish composers of his generation, writing music for the ample resources of the court chapel of the Catholic Monarchs.[2]

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