Canticum B. Mariae Virginis / a Io. Animuccia Urbis Basilicae S. Petri Magistro ad omnes modos factum.

Animuccia, Giovanni, -1571 [Browse]
Musical score
[Romae : Apud haeredes Valerij & Aloysij Doricorum fratrum Brixiensium, 1568].
1 choir book ([1] leaf, [190] p.) ; 41 cm. (fol.)


Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
  • 20 settings of the odd- or even-numbered verses of the Magnificat for two to six voices.
  • For the completely texted Magnificats, polyphonic settings of the odd-numbered verses occur first (beginning Anima mea Domini), followed by the even-numbered verses (beginning Et exsultavit), implying alternatim performance with plainchant or organ. All settings omit the first word of text (Magnificat), sung in chant.
  • Dedicated to Tiberius Capoferreus and Gasparus Cincius, canons of the Vatican Basilica.
  • Signatures: A-Q⁶.
  • Woodcut title vignette of Mary and Elizabeth is enclosed by four-block woodcut historiated border; printer's woodcut device on colophon has image of winged horse and motto: Invia virtuti nulla est via; historiated or ornamental capitals on every page; woodcut cartouche at head of each page, enclosing letterpress legend; music printed from metal type.
  • Letterpress legends in Roman capitals; all other text in black letter.
  • Music treasures at Princeton
Binding note
Priceton copy 1: In old plain full vellum over pasteboards, with spine covered in extra layer of plain vellum; vestiges of untanned skin ties at fore-edge; ms. spine title in ink: Magnificat Animuccia. Copy has incorrect headwords Altera Magnificat sexti toni for leaves 3, 5-6 of the first Magnificat sexti toni.
  • Magnificats primi-quarti toni (all verses)
  • Magnificats quinti-sexti toni (odd verses only)
  • Altera Magnificat sexti toni (odd verses only)
  • Magnificat septimi toni, 2 settings (odd verses only)
  • Magnificat octavi toni (all verses) - Magnificats primi-secondi toni (2nd settings, all verses)
  • Magnificat octavi toni (2nd setting, even verses only).
  • RISM A/I, A 1237
  • MGG 2, Personenteil 1, p. 159
  • S. Cusick, Valerio Dorico (1981), no. 48, p.222-23
Place name(s)
Italy Rome.
Other title(s)
  • Canticum Beatae Mariae Virginis
  • Magnificat Animuccia
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