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Ave regina caelorum a 8
composer
8vv; published in Rome in 1581 by Dominico Basa
author of text
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the Feast of the Purification until the Wednesday in Holy Week

Recordings
'Victoria: Ave regina caelorum & other sacred music' (CDA67479)
Victoria: Ave regina caelorum & other sacred music
'Victoria: Ave regina caelorum & other sacred music' (SACDA67479)
Victoria: Ave regina caelorum & other sacred music
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Track 1 on CDA67479 [4'34]
Track 1 on SACDA67479 [4'34] Super-Audio CD

Ave regina caelorum a 8
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The eight-part Ave Regina caelorum was originally used in the liturgy as an antiphon to precede and follow the chanting of a Psalm. It is now sung as a motet at the end of Compline in the period from Purification until the Wednesday in Holy Week. Victoria wrote a five-part setting of the antiphon which was published in Venice in 1576 by Angelo Gardane, and he subsequently wrote an eight-part version, which was published in Rome in 1581 by Dominico Basa. The double-choir version, like the five-part, opens with stately figures derived from the Compline plainsong, sometimes loosely paraphrased, to produce an impressive and sonorous chordal structure, which gives way at the end of the first half to some lively passagework setting the words ‘from whence came the light of the world’. The second half of the motet begins with some joyous antiphonal exchanges in triple time illustrating the words ‘Rejoice, O glorious one, splendid above all other’ and ends in a more sombre mood with wonderful rich eight-part counterpoint to the words ‘plead always for us with Christ’.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2004

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Details for SACDA67479 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-47901
Duration
4'34
Recording date
24 February 2004
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Victoria: Ave regina caelorum & other sacred music (CDA67479)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 2004
  2. Victoria: Ave regina caelorum & other sacred music (SACDA67479)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 2004
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