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Ave virgo gloriosa

author of text

Richard Dering stands apart from the illustrious group of English composers active at the end of the sixteenth and start of the seventeenth centuries, by reason of exile. He is believed to have studied in England (he applied for an Oxford B.Mus degree in 1610), but in the increasingly anti-Catholic climate of the time, he, like a number of other English Catholics, decided to live abroad. By 1617 he was organist to the convent of English nuns in Brussels, and in that year published his first collection of Cantiones sacrae, from which this graceful motet is taken. Its simple, vivid expression of the text, without much contrapuntal elaboration, shows the influence of the new Italian Baroque style which Dering’s compatriots in England were perhaps slower to embrace.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1992


Hail! Queen of Heaven
CSCD508Download only


Track 5 on CSCD508 [1'58] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD508 track 5

Recording date
1 January 1991
Recording venue
Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
James Hamilton & Simon Weir
Hyperion usage
  1. Hail! Queen of Heaven (CSCD508)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: October 2002
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