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Track(s) taken from CDGIM030

Regina caeli

author of text
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Paschal Time

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1995
Total duration: 3 minutes 57 seconds

Cover artwork: The Man in the moon, medieval stained glass in the porch of St Mary's Church, Norfolk, photographed by Matthew Stevens

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Contrapunctus, Owen Rees (conductor)
The technique of cantus-firmus writing is employed in White’s setting of the Marian antiphon Regina caeli laetare. This ebullient Eastertide text calls on Mary ‘Queen of heaven’ to rejoice at the resurrection of the Son she bore, the celebratory message marked textually by the recurrent ‘alleluias’ and musically by the joyful chiming dialogues between the two equal upper voices. The acclamation of Mary as Queen of heaven at the opening of the text is at odds with the official attitudes of the Elizabethan church, in which the great feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—celebrating Mary’s bodily ascension into heaven—had been removed from the Calendar. Either, then, White’s Regina caeli is an early-career piece dating from the reign of Mary or—if composed under Elizabeth—it would not have received liturgical performance, as the Marian antiphon during the Easter season.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2016

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