Esteban Daza

Ave Maria [Guerrero]


El Parnaso (1576), fol. 49


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Source title Otro motete de Francisco Guerrero a quatro, y va señalada la voz del tenor con vnos puntillos, y señalase la claue de Csolfaut en la tercera en tercero traste.
Title in contents   Ave Maria a quatro, de Francisco Guerrero.
Text incipit Ave Maria gratia plena


Category intabulation

Genre motet

Fantasia type

Mode 1

Voices 4

Length (compases) 154


Tuning G

Courses 6

Final VI/0

Highest I/7

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty not specified

Tempo not specified

Song Text

Language LA

Vocal notation texted puntillos


Daza’s arrangement is a literal transcription of Guerrero’s motet, with some added embellishment in places that converts into a very attractive piece, although of substantial difficulty. The vocal model is a beautifully balanced motet that was first published in 1555. It sets one of the most famous Marian prayers that is used in various places in the liturgy including the Offertory on the 4th Sunday of Advent and the Tract in the Mass on St. Gabriel Archangel (March 24), as an Antiphon at Vespers, Annunciation (March 25)
The direct link to the digital edition of the Guerrero model by Nancho Alvarez --

Song Text

Ave Maria, gratia plena Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui Jesus. Sancta Maria, regina caeli O Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus ut cum electis, te videamus.
(text edited from Guerrero edition)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of the womb Jesus. Saint Mary, queen of heaven, Mother of God pray for we sinners.....

Modern edition(s)

Guerrero, Francisco. Opera omnia. ed. V. Garcia, M. Querol Gavaldá and others, MME, xvi, xix, xxxvi, xxxviii, xliii, xlv, xlviii, li, lii– (1955–).

Victoria, Tomás Luis de [Works]. Tomás Luis de Victoria. Digital edition by Nancho Alvarez. (accessed 11/03/2019)

Printed source(s)

Guerrero, Francisco. Sacrae cantiones, vulgo moteta nuncupata. Seville: Martín de Montesdoca, 1555.