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 :-).
Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ave Regina cælorum
Ave Regina cælorum,
Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Antiphon for the Virgin Mary/Compline
Hail, Queen of heaven,
Rejoice, glorious Virgin,
Performers: Choir of Trinity College Cambridge conducted by Richard Marlow