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Regina caeli

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Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Paschal Time

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


The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
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Virgin and Child
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White: The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music


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