Its revolutionary open style featuring early imitative counterpoint and two-voice parts has added to its acclaim as one of the most influential compositions of its era.

This climax quickly gives way to an imperfect, deceptive cadence.

Josquin treats each strophe of the main body of the poem as a syntactic unit unto itself, roughly comparable and balanced in length with the others.

The opening section declaims the four phrases of text, in order.

Clear and unobstructed imitation of each phrase (as if in a litany) occurs dramatically from the highest voice to the lowest; the imitated melody resembles a Gregorian chant version of "Ave Maria." Though the phrases of this section are completely balanced in length, the counterpoint increases in density, producing a strong climax at the first juncture where all four voices sing together.

The physical unity of musical sound, embodying the spiritual unity of prayer, combined with the reflective comfort of slow-moving and untroubled consonance, completes the act of worship which has been the rhetorical goal of the text.

Virgo serena" is a motet composed by Josquin des Prez.

Moments of structural articulation arrive at cadences, where two or more voices rest on perfect intervals.

Within this style of composition, Josquin wrote a motet of classic balance.

Even as the painter may draw upon a simple repertory of postures in which to cast a figure, the basic textures used by Josquin are few but sharply contrasting.