Claudio Monteverdi’s Ave maris stella

Live performance by The Green Mountain Project (solo verses Virginia Warnken, Luthien Brackett, and Jesse Blumberg) on January 3, 2013 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City.

The Green Mountain Project (honoring the literal translation of Monteverdi’s name) is an annual event that began in NYC in 2010 under the musical direction of Scott Metcalfe and artistic direction of Jolle Greenleaf. Vespers is made up of antiphons, psalms, motets, a hymn and canticle that Monteverdi shaped into Claudio Monteverdi’s beloved Vespers of 1610.

Each year, we offer performances with up to 30 musicians of this masterpiece and other recreated Vespers in the glorious acoustics of Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York and Cambridge’s magnificent St. Paul’s Church. To learn more or purchase CD’s, visit

TENET is one of New York’s preeminent vocal ensembles. Under artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, TENET is winning acclaim for its innovative programming, virtuosic singing and command of repertoire that spans the Middle Ages to the present. TENET features distinguished soloists who shine in one-voice-to- a-part singing and as joined voices in small ensembles.

Audio by Tom Durack
Video by NV Recording Studios
Editing by John Stone

Ave maris stella,
Dei mater alma,
Atque semper virgo,
Felix coeli porta.

Sumens illud ave
Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace
Mutans Evae nomen.

Solva vincla reis,
Profer lumen caecis,
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cunctis posce.

Monstra te esse matrem:
Sumat per te preces,
Qui pro nobis natus,
Tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos
Mites fac et castos.

Vitam praesta puram,
Iter para tutum,
Ut videntes Jesum
Semper collaetemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Trinus honor unus. Amen.

Hail, star of the sea,
nurturing mother of God
and perpetual virgin,
happy gate of heaven.

Receiving that «ave»
from the mouth of Gabriel,
give us peace in abundance,
reversing the name «Eva.»

Loose the chains of the guilty,
bring light to the blind,
drive out our evils,
seek blessings for all.

Show yourself to be a mother:
May he receive through you our prayers
who, born for us,
deigned to be yours.

Peerless virgin,
gentle above all others,
when we are freed from sins,
make us gentle and chaste.

Grant us a pure life,
prepare us a secure way,
that, seeing Jesus,
we may rejoice forever.

Praise be to God the Father,
honor to Christ the most high,
and to the Holy Spirit,
triple honor in one. Amen.

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