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Detail for Mouton: Nesciens Mater
Title: Nesciens Mater  
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Composer: Jean Mouton (c. 1459-1522)
Scoring: SSAT/AATB
Liturgical Use: Christmas
Language: Latin
Catalog #: NDC023
Duration: ca. 5 minutes
Price: $3.95

This setting of a gregorian antiphon for the Nativity is the kind of compositional tour-de-force for which Mouton was much admired in his day – a lush sonic tapestry is created by the serenely unfolding strands of a quadruple canon. In the principal sources, there are only 4 notated voices (Choir II in this edition); performers were meant to realize the 4 unnotated canonic parts (Choir I) by following clues in the manuscript. This edition includes as a prelude to the motet the very beautiful plainsong tune on which the motet is based; it is not readily available in modern chantbooks.

Winner – 2003 MPA Paul Revere Award, 2nd Prize.

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