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Ave regina caelorum a 5
composer
1572; Venice; 5vv
author of text
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the Feast of the Purification until the Wednesday in Holy Week

Recordings
'Victoria: Missa Trahe me post te & other sacred music' (CDH55376)
Victoria: Missa Trahe me post te & other sacred music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55376  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 9 on CDH55376 [4'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Ave regina caelorum a 5
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The Ave regina caelorum was originally used in the liturgy to precede and follow the chanting of a Psalm. It is now sung at the end of compline from the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary until the Wednesday in Holy Week. Victoria’s five-part setting of this antiphon was first published in 1572 in Venice and republished in 1576 by Angelo Gardane, brother of Alessandro. Much of the musical material is derived from the compline plainsong, some of it loosely paraphrased. The opening point in all parts comes from the first phrase of the plainsong and this is used again by the soprano and bass for ‘Ave domina’. The Secunda Pars begins in a lively manner with the upper three parts using a lightly ornamented version of the plainsong ‘Gaude’ melody over a bass pedal. The last section begins with close imitation in all parts drawn from the plainsong melody for ‘et pro nobis’ and the motet ends with a brilliant and joyful cascade of interlocking cambiata figures rounded off with one of Victoria’s most characteristic endings, a peaceful, short coda in the subdominant.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 1994

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55376 track 9
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-73809
Duration
4'51
Recording date
18 March 1994
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Victoria: Missa Trahe me post te & other sacred music (CDA66738)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: October 1994
    Deletion date: January 2009
    Superseded by CDH55376
  2. Victoria: Missa Trahe me post te & other sacred music (CDH55376)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: May 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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