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Ottaviano Petrucci, Motetti de Passione, de Cruce, de Sacramento, de Beata Virgine et huiusmodi B

Venice, 1503

Venetian publisher Ottaviano Petrucci was the first to print music for many voices with movable type. This Petrucci collection of motets from 1503, known as Motetti B, includes music from an impressive array of composers, many among the best known of their day. Motetti B is also the only source for many of its compositions, including several by Josquin des Prez.

As its lengthy title suggests, Motetti B consists of a wide range of devotional motets on the Passion, the Veneration of the Cross, the Eucharist, and the Virgin Mary. Many display a new style with a more harmonic orientation and also have close connections to lauda, devotional songs in Latin and Italian. Indeed, as Warren Drake points out, the subject matter of these motets displays close ties with the widespread devotional trends of the late fifteenth century, and Motetti B might even be considered a musical book of hours. In addition to a general introduction and the motets themselves, this edition includes detailed concordances and critical commentary on the sources and problematic aspects of the works.

312 pages | 8 halftones, 3 musical examples, 1 table | 9 x 12 | © 2002

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Table of Contents


Petrucci’s Motet Series of 1502-1505
Motetti B
The Music of Motetti B
The Texts of Motetti B

List of Sources and Bibliography
Commentaries on the Individual Compositions

Editorial Principles
The Transcriptions:
1. Non lotis manibus Crispi[nus van Stappen]
2. Officium de Passione Josquin
3. Qui velatus facie fuisti Josquin
4. Secundum multitudinem dolorum Anonymous
5. Tenebrae factae sunt Gaspar
6. Ave verum corpus Josquin
7. Verbum caro factum est Gaspar
8. Domine, non secundum peccata De Orto
9. Domine, non secundum peccata Vaqueras
10. Domine, non secundum peccata Josquin
11. Tulerunt Dominum meum [Pesenti]
12. Parce Domine Obre[c]ht
13. Pange Lingua Anonymous
14. Ave Domina sancta Maria Anonymous
15. Parce Domine Franci[gena?]
16. Lauda Sion salvatorem Brumel
17. Panis angelicus Gaspar
18. Ave verum corpus Gaspar

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