Alma Redemptoris Mater (Johannes Ockeghem)

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Editor: Pothárn Imre (added 2001-11-29).   Score information: 92 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch, suitable for ATTB
Editor: Adam P. Cole (added 2006-01-15).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 142 kbytes   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third from original for mixed SATB performance

General Information

Title: Alma Redemptoris Mater
Composer: Johannes Ockeghem

Number of voices: 4vv  Voicing: ATTB, SATB
Genre: Sacred, Motets
Language: Latin
Instruments: none, a cappella

Description: Marian antiphon, Christmas season

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text:

Latin.png Latin text

Alma Redemptoris Mater,
quae pervia caeli Porta manes,
et stella maris,
succurre cadenti Surgere qui curat,
populo; tu quae genuisti,
Natura mirante,
tuum sanctum Genitorem,
Virgo prius ac posterius,
Gabrielis ab ore Sumens illud Ave,
peccatorum miserere.


English.png English translation

Sweet Mother of our Redeemer,
gate whereby we enter heaven,
and star of the sea:
help thy falling people who long to rise.
Thou who bore thy holy Creator,
as nature marveled,
virgin both before and after receiving that "Ave" from the mouth of Gabriel:
have mercy on us sinners.

Additonal notes

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Translation supplied by The St. Ann Choir, directed by William Mahrt.