De souspirant cuer dolent/ Tous corps qui de bien amer/ suspiro
Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377)
Ars Nova style
– secular French text with Latin cantus
ATT voicing

Quam pulchra es

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John Dunstable (ca. 1390-1453)


English discant style

ATB voicing

– all voices texted

Ave regina celorum

Guillaume Dufay (ca. 1397 – 1474)


2 examples

– Isorhythmic (SATB)

– English discant style (ATT)

Ave Maria… virgo serena

Josquin desPrez (ca. 1450-1521)


SATB voicing

6 verses set in 6 differnt imitative style

  • canon
  • imitative duets
  • all voices imitative
  • homophonic section
  • homophonic coda

Sicut cervus

Palestrina (ca. 1525-1594)


  • Balanced melodic phrases
  • prepared dissonances
  • structural symmetry


Allergi (1582-1652)

  • Alternatim motet
  • setting of Psalm 50
  • SATTB/SSAB voicing
  • Composed for Tenebrae service at Papal chapel
    • origanals not allowed to leave chapal
    • sung from memory due to service in total darkness
    • both Mozart and Mendelsohn transcribed it by ear


O Magnum Mysterium

Victoria (1548-1611)


4 voicing

varies sections of homphony and polyphony

Dixit Maria

Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)


SATB voicing

Text from Luke 1:38

Dixit Dominus (ca. 1715)

Allesandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)



  • Text: Psalm 110
  • Seconda Practica
  • SAB solo
    • Each soloist has an aria
    • duet for Sop. and Alto
  • SATB chorus
  • Strings
  • Continuo

Grande Motet



Large-scale work for soloists, chorus, strings, and continuo

petit motet



small-scale work for soloists and continuo

Miserere mei Deus – 1663

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

Grande Motet


  • Text: Psalm 51
  • SSATB solo – mostly in ensemble
  • SATBB chorus
  • Strings
  • Continuo

Regina coeli

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

petit motet


SSS voices with continuo

Litanies de la vierge H 83

Marc-Antoine Charpantier (1643-1704)



  • Known for a ritornello on “ora pro nobis”
  • SSAATB soloist
  • 2 violins
  • Continuo

O Jesu Christ, meine Lebens Licht BWV 118

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)



  • SATB chorus
  • 2 litui (ancient trumpets)
  • cornetto
  • 3 trombones
  • Text from funeral hymn by Martin Behm
  • 1 mvt.
    • may also be considered a 1 mvt cantata

Ave Verum Corpus K618

W.A. Mozart (1756-1971)



SATB chorus, strings, organ

On The Transmigration of Souls

John Adams (b. 1947)


Written to commereate 9-1-1


Electronic tape, chorus, childrens chorus, orchestra

Raua needmine/ Curse upon Iron

Veljo Tormis (b. 1930)

Estonian composers

  • droning
  • declamitory statements
  • hammer
  • highly repetitious
  • siren sounds
  • wave-like structure
  • tritones and 2nds
  • Text: Iron cursed man by the desire to create weapons


Ave Verum Corpus

Javier Busto (b. 1949)




  • SAAT divisi
  • A capella
  • sweeping melody
  • close harmonies

Te Deum (1684)
De La Lande (1657-1726)

Grand Motet
SSATBB solos
SSATBB chorus
2 oboe
2 trumpets

Divided into 19 sections
Begins with instrumental simphonie

Laudate pueri Dominum (1693-1697)

Francois Couperin (1668-1733)


Petit Motet

Text: Psalm 113

SSB solos

2 violins



divided into 8 section: Psalm verses 5 & 6 combined

Surrexit pastor bonus SSWV23

Samuel Schiedt (1587-1654)


SATB/SATB a cappella

Rejoice in the Lord always (ca. 1684)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Verse Anthem


ATB solos

SATB chorus




Often called the “Bell Anthem” because of descending, bell-like scalar motif in the instrumental prelude

Versa est in luctum

Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (ca. 1590-1664)



SSATB chorus a cappella


inversion of melody on text ” my harp is turned to mourning”

Ave Maria in F Major

Michael Haydn (1737-1806)


SATB chorus

2 violins


Tantum ergo D962 (1828)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)


SATB solos (quartet)

SATB chorus

2 oboes

2 clarinets

2 bassoons

2 horns

2 trumpets

3 trombones




Strophic – divided into 2 verses

Ave verum corpus in E-flat Major

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)


SATB chorus and Organ

Ave Verum op.65 no.1

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)


SA chorus and organ (w/o pedals)