Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Regina caeli laetare a 8

De Victoria’s eight-part (SATB SATB) setting of the Marian antiphon Regina caeli laetare has a distinctly celebratory character it was intended to be sung at Vespers and Compline from  Easter  Sunday to  the  week  after  after Pentecost. I don’t know when it was composed but I think it must be from his Roman period when he would have had the fairly lavish musical resources necessary for its performance readily available to him. It’s a happy bouncy piece of music that if you listened to it sans text – to just the melodies, could easily be mistaken for dance music by Giovanni Gabrieli or Praetorius. Enjoy :-).

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Painting: Coronación de la Virgen (Coronation of the Virgin) Artist: Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) Date: circa 1645 Technique: Oil on canvas Location: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

Painting: Coronación de la Virgen (Coronation of the Virgin)
Artist: Diego Velázquez (1599–1660)
Date: circa 1645
Technique: Oil on canvas
Location: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Regina caeli laetare a 8

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia:
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of heaven rejoice, alleluia:
Because he whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia:
Rose from the dead, as promised, alleluia:
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

Performers: The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers

2 thoughts on “Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Regina caeli laetare a 8

  1. Dear Mark,
    Enjoyed this very much. Thanks for sharing this beautiful Compline Hymn with us during Easter Time. It is good to be back with Saturday Chorale again.

    Bro. John

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