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The motet „Ave spes nostra“, for five voices, by Portuguese composer Vicente Lusitano (fl.1530-1561). This work was published in Lusitano book of motets „Liber primus epigramatum“ printed in Rome in 1551.

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Wishing you hope and light with Vicente Lusitano’s sublime „Ave, spes nostra.“

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The Marian Consort, directed by Rory McCleery – Better known as a theorist than a composer in his own lifetime, Vicente Lusitano is also possibly the first mixed-race musician to have a collection of his works published (he is described as mestizo in a posthumous source). His 1551 Liber primus epigramatum contains a number of works based on Josquin motets, of which the eight-voice Inviolata is arguably his crowning achievement. Expanding Josquin’s original five voices to eight, Lusitano preserves the plainchant-derived canon at the heart of the motet, spinning mesmerising webs of polyphony around it which culminate in the almost hypnotic waves of repetition that begin the final section.
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