Missus est Gabriel Angelus by Josquin des Prez (1440-1521). Edited by Ralph W. Buxton. For SATB choir a cappella. Liturgical Use: Feast of the Annunciation; Advent IV. Text: Latin. Choral. Vocal score. Text Language: Latin. Duration ca. 5 minutes. Published by Notre Dame Choir Editions (PE.NDC015).
With Text Language: Latin. Choral.
This piece evokes the moment of mystery and awe when a young girl, hearing the Angel's voice, was touched by grace. When the text marks the Angelic Salutation, the music traces the familiar Ave Maria plainsong melody in a magnificently florid paraphrase. An exceptionally rewarding work by the greatest composer of his era.