M229 O Maria nullam

Standardised text incipit: 
O Maria nullam
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"Josquin de pres" (MotettiLQ; as part of C53a)
Reference source: 
MotettiLQ, ff. 28r (S), 91r-91v (A), 58v (T), 123v (B)
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

This motet possibly quotes pre-existing material, but it can not be linked to any Cantus prius factus with a corresponding text.

Modern editions: 
NJE 25 (No. 14)
, 189-192
Further notes: 

Additional concordances in mss. that do not transmit motet cycles: E-Bbc M 454 (“Cancionero musical de Barcelona”), No. 59, ff. 129v-130r; E-SE Ms. s.s. (“Segovia Codex; Cancionero musical de Segovia; Cancionero del Alcázar”), ff. 86v-87r; F-CA MS 125-128, ff. 86v-87r.

See also The Josquin Research Project.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
O Maria nullam
Full text: 

O Maria nullam tam gravem possumus habere culpam pro qua apud filium tuum non possis impetrare veniam nihilque est impossibile tibi apud filium tuum quem genuisti de tuo sacro corpore, mater misericordiae. 


English translation: 

O Mary, no guilt of ours can be so great that you cannot ask your Son forgiveness for us. Nothing is impossible for you to obtain from your Son, to whom you gave birth from your holy body, Mary, mother of pity.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

No direct correspondence in a standard ref work could be found.

Further notes: 

MACEY 1996 notices the difference between the text published by Petrucci in MotettiLQ and that in I-Mfd [4], and regards the presence of what he calls “Galeazzo’s verset” (i.e. "Maria mater gratiae/mater misericordiae") in the latter as evidence for a connection between Josquin’s Vultum tuum cycle and Duke Galeazzo Sforza.

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

Displaying 1 - 3 of 3
Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
D-Usch 237 (a-d)
S:010v A:011r-011v T:007v-008r B:009r-009v
O Maria nullam
ID: M229
Josquin des Prez
- C53c Sancta dei genitrix
T229 O Maria nullam
I-Mfd [4]
O Maria nullam
ID: M229
Josquin des Prez
- C53b Ora pro nobis virgo
T229 O Maria nullam
S:028r A:091r-091v T:058v B:123v
O Maria nullam
ID: M229
Josquin de pres (as part of C53)
Josquin des Prez
- C53a Vultum tuum
T229 O Maria nullam