The Virgin of the Lilies
(La Vierge au lys).
Author: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905).
Alma Redemptoris Mater,
by Diego Ortiz.
Performed by Cantar Lontano.
Director: Marco Mencoboni.
Available on YouTube at
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
Ave Regina Cælorum, Regina Caeli and Salve Regina).
Hermannus Contractus (also called Herman the Cripple, 1013–1054) is said to have
composed the Hymn, based on the writings of Saints Fulgentius, Epiphanius 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 King 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.