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The Virgin Mary (Magnificat) (c1615) by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660)
Track(s) taken from CDH55326
Recording details: July 1992
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1993
Total duration: 34 minutes 41 seconds

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Missa Ave Maria peregrina
composer
4vv, 5vv in Agnus Dei
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Kyrie  [4'44] GreekEnglish
Gloria  [6'21] LatinEnglish
Credo  [9'21] LatinEnglish

In the Missa Ave Maria peregrina, mainly for four voices, Peñalosa incorporates sections of the plainchant Ave Maria. However, in addition he uses long sections of Salve regina: beginning in Sanctus and Hosanna, the tenor sings the chant melody associated with the words ‘Spes nostra’ and ‘Illos tuos misericordes’. As a final tour de force Peñalosa constructs the climactic five-voice Agnus Dei around a secular tune, that of the Hayne chanson De tous biens plaine (there being an obvious symbolic significance of a love song in a Mass to the Virgin), in cancrizans canon against the section of the Salve regina beginning at the ‘Vita dulcedo’ verse, all the while surrounding the two structural voices with flowing counterpoints of his own invention.

from notes by Martyn Imrie © 1993

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