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Alma Redemptoris mater (Lat.: ‘Life-giving mother of the Redeemer’).locked


One of the four Marian antiphons retained at the Council of Trent and ordered to be sung at the end of Compline from the first Sunday of Advent to the Purification (2 February). It is now sung as a self-contained item, but originally it preceded and followed the chanting of a psalm or canticle. In the light of recent scholarship, the traditional ascription of the words and music to ...

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G. Reese: Music in the Middle Ages (New York, 1940)
G. Reese: Music in the Renaissance (New York, 1954, 2/1959)