Monday, 13 October 2014

Alma Redemptoris Mater (Loving Mother Of Our Saviour). Diego Ortiz. 16th-Century Maestro Di Capella, Chapel Royal Of Naples.




The Virgin of the Lilies
(La Vierge au lys).
Date: 1899.
Source: PaintingHere.com
Author: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905).
(Wikimedia Commons)



Alma Redemptoris Mater,
by Diego Ortiz.
Performed by Cantar Lontano.
Director: Marco Mencoboni.
Available on YouTube at



The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Alma Redemptoris Mater (English: Loving Mother of Our Saviour) is a Marian Hymn,
written in Latin hexameter, and one of four Seasonal Liturgical Marian Antiphons
sung at the end of the Office of Compline (the other three Antiphons being

Hermannus Contractus (also called Herman the Cripple, 1013–1054) is said to have
authored the Hymn, based on the writings of Saints FulgentiusEpiphanius and
Irenaeus of Lyon. Alma Redemptoris Mater is mentioned in "The Prioress's Tale",
one of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Formerly, it was recited at Compline only
from the First Sunday in Advent until the Feast of the Purification (2 February)

Diego Ortiz (1510 – 1570) was a Spanish composer and musicologist, in service to the
Spanish Viceroy of Naples, and, later, to Philip II of Spain. Ortiz published influential
treatises on both instrumental and vocal performance.



Portrait of Diego Ortiz
from the Title Page of his
"Trattado de Glosas" (1553).
This File 19 June 2009.
User: Capmo.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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