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 :-).
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Regina caeli laetare a 8
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia:
Queen of heaven rejoice, alleluia:
Performers: The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers