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The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria Part 8: Ave Regina caelorum a8

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August 20, 2013

Madonna with the Child (Luis de Morales circa 1520-1586) Victoria wrote two settings of 'Ave Regina caelorum' a five-part setting published in Venice in 1576 by Angelo Gardane and the eight-part setting that is the subject of this posting which was published in Rome in 1581 by Dominico Basa. Victoria starts with some loose paraphrasis of the Compline plainsong to create an impressive chordal structure which gives way to a more lively passage at 'ex qua mundo lux est orta'  (from whence came the light of the world) closing the first half of the motet. The second part of the motet starts with joyful triple-time antiphonal exchanges calling upon the Virgin to rejoice and hailing her as glorious and and splendid above all others. The motet ends by bidding farewell to the 'most gracious one'  beseeching her in wonderful eight-part counterpoint to 'plead always for us with Christ'. It's sung below by Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by Matin Baker. Enjoy :-).

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Moses Hogan (arr): I can tell the world – University of the Philippines Manila Chorale – YouTube

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August 17, 2013

The University of the Philippines Manila Chorale singing Moses Hogan's arrangement of 'I can tell the world' at the Markoberdorg International Chamber Choir Competition 2013. This performance was given on May 19th 2013 in St. Michael's Basilica in the old city. Enjoy :-)

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The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria Part 4: Ave Regina caelorum a 8

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July 23, 2013

Madonna with the Child (Luis de Morales circa 1520-1586) Victoria wrote two settings of 'Ave Regina caelorum' a five-part setting published in Venice in 1576 by Angelo Gardane and the eight-part setting that is the subject of this posting which was published in Rome in 1581 by Dominico Basa. Victoria starts with some loose paraphrasis of the Compline plainsong to create an impressive chordal structure which gives way to a more lively passage at 'ex qua mundo lux est orta'  (from whence came the light of the world) closing the first half of the motet. The second part of the motet starts with joyful triple-time antiphonal exchanges calling upon the Virgin to rejoice and hailing her as glorious and and splendid above all others. The motet ends by bidding farewell to the 'most gracious one'  beseeching her in wonderful eight-part counterpoint to 'plead always for us with Christ'. It's sung below by Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by Matin Baker. Enjoy :-).

markfromireland

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拉縴人少年兒童合唱團 – Butterfly – Taipei Male Choir – YouTube

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July 5, 2013

One of the choirs whose uploads to YouTube I keep  an eye on is the Taipei Male Choir this is them singing Andy Beck's 'Butterfly'. I think you'll agree they sing it very well. Enjoy :-).

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Feature: Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Gaude gloriosa

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July 3, 2013

Mary I Queen of England (Newburgh Prioryc)150x150 CaptionedThis is a monumental piece of work conceived on a grand scale in which Tallis brings to bear all his skill and all his experience to do honour to the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and at the same time to pay a compliment to Queen Mary I of England who was attempting to reunite the deeply Catholic world of her childhood with the partially reformed England she had inherited following the death of her brother Edward VI. In saying 'all his experience' I am placing myself on the side of those who consider this to be a relatively late work rather than a work of Tallis' youth. I have several reasons to believe that Gaude gloriosa or Gaude gloriosa Dei mater (Rejoice, glorious mother of God) to give it its full title is a relatively late work :

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