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Detail for Ockeghem: Alma redemptoris mater
Title: Alma redemptoris mater  
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Composer: Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497)
Scoring: SATB
Liturgical Use: Marian Feasts
Language: Latin
Catalog #: NDC026
Duration: ca. 5 minutes
Price: $3.95
Remarks: An exquisite setting of the Marian antiphon built around the original plainsong elegantly paraphrased in the alto voice. The three accompanying parts match the chant voice in general character, though as usual with Ockeghem, there is almost a complete absence of imitation or other obvious melodic patterning.  The unusually high tessitura mitigates to some degree the composer’s characteristically dense polyphonic textures so that the piece unfolds with a limpid grace and a mood of quiet rapture.   View Sample Score
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