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Ave Regina caelorum
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Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the Feast of the Purification until the Wednesday in Holy Week

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'Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem' (CDGIM029)
Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem
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Ave Regina caelorum
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Ave Regina caelorum follows a genre typical of the middle Renaissance period and found in the work of, for example, Mouton and Willaert. This involves a free four-part texture, often scored for SATB, into the middle of which is inserted a three-voice canon. The canonic parts have relatively long notes and only sing periodically; and in this case all three maintain their own pitch levels (the root, fourth and fifth degrees) which gives the result a certain academic fascination. However, it is in the sonorities to which all these elements contribute that the expressive power of the piece lies.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1994

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