AVE REGINA CAELORUM

 

Ave Regina caelorum (Hail, O Queen of Heaven) is one of the four Marian antiphons. The origins of the prayer are unknown but it is thought to have been written in the 4th century. The rewarding challenge of this joyous work is to sing rhythmically, up-tempo, smiling and with energy while still keeping it light, flowing and relaxed in mood. Although it is largely homophonic, special attention should be given to the timing of any rhythmical variations between the parts so it does not sound uneven and all the parts remain unified in their interaction.

Commissioned by Cantus (Trondheim, Norway) and first performed by that choir, conducted Tove Ramlo-Ystad, on 23 March 2019 at Vår Frue Kirke, Trondheim.

  • SSAA div.

    VOICING

  • 2019

    YEAR

  • 5 minutes

    DURATION

  • Latin 4th century

    WORDS

SCORES

 

SSAA div. unaccompanied 

Printed scores: Boosey & HawkesMusic Shop Europe, Musicroom

THE TEXT

Ave Regina cælorum,
Ave Domina Angelorum:
Salve radix, salve porta,
Ex qua mundo lux est orta:

Gaude Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa:
Vale, o valde decora,
Et pro nobis Christum exora.

Hail, O Queen of Heaven,
Hail, O Lady of Angels:
Hail thou root, hail thou gate,
From whom the light of the world has arisen:

Rejoice, O glorious Virgin,
Beautiful above all others,
Farewell, most beautiful maiden,
And pray for us to Christ.

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