Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ave Regina cælorum

Peter Philips’ setting of the Marian antiphon Ave Regina cælorum (Hail, Queen of heaven) was published in his Cantiones Sacræ of 1612. It’s a five-part (SSATB) setting very much in the new Roman style. The five-voice structure meant that he could vary the texture at will to reflect words or phrases in his text coupled with the sonority of his melismatic writing leads us through a sound world that is both beautiful and uniquely Philips’ own. Enjoy :-).

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Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ave Regina cælorum

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.

Antiphon for the Virgin Mary/Compline

Hail, Queen of heaven,
Hail, mistress of the Angels:
Hail, holy source, hail, holy gate,
from whom light has entered the world:

Rejoice, glorious Virgin,
fair above all others:
Hail, you who are most comely:
pray to Christ on our behalf.

Performers: Choir of Tri­n­ity Col­lege Cambrid­ge con­duc­ted by Ric­hard Mar­low

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