Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers for the Blessed Virgin; SV 206 and 206a) – more properly in Latin Vesperæ in Festis Beatæ Mariæ Virginis, or casually Vespers of 1610 – is a musical composition by Claudio Monteverdi. The liturgical vespers is an evening service following the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours. In scale, Monteverdi's Vespers was the most ambitious work of religious music before Bach. This 90-minute piece includes soloists, chorus, and orchestra and has both liturgical and extra-liturgical elements.

The text is compiled from several Biblical texts that are traditionally used as part of the liturgy of vespers and for Marian feasts in the Catholic Church: the introductory Deus in adiutorium (Psalm 70), five psalm settings, sacred motets (called Concerti) between the psalms, a traditional Marian hymn, a setting of the Magnificat text and the concluding Benedicamus Domino.

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