Ave Regina caelorum
"Ave Regina caelorum" (Hail, O Queen of Heaven) is one of the four Marian antiphons. The origins of the prayer are unknown but it is thought to have been written in the 4th century. The rewarding challenge of this joyous work is to sing rhythmically, up-tempo, smiling, and with energy, while still keeping it light, flowing, and relaxing in the mood. Although it is largely homophonic, special attention should be given to the timing of any rhythmical variations between the parts so it does not sound uneven and all the parts remain unified in their interaction.
Commissioned and premiered by Cantus (Trondheim, Norway) and conductor Tove Ramlo-Ystad, on 23 March 2019 at Vår Frue Kirke, Trondheim.
- Instrumentation: SSAA div. unaccompanied
- Duration: 5 minutes
Author/lyricist: 4th century
- Language: Latin
- Year: 2019
- Licensing: Boosey & Hawkes
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.
Hail, O Queen of Heaven,
Hail, O Lady of Angels:
Hail thou root, hail thou gate,
From whom the light of the world has arisen:
Rejoice, O glorious Virgin,
Beautiful above all others,
Farewell, most beautiful maiden,
And pray for us to Christ.
Instrumentation: SATB, SSAA, or TTBB div. unaccompanied
Author/lyricist:Anon 20th century
Licensing: Norsk Musikkforlag
A work about hope in the darkest time of life. The text was written by a Jew hiding in Cologne, Germany, during World War 2 where the text was found scratched onto a wall.
Commissioned by the St. Olaf Festival (Olavsfestdagene) in Trondheim, Norway, and premiered on July 30 by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir at an event with the bishop of Nidaros Tor Singsås and actress Liv Ullmann. The SATB version was premiered by the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir on November 26, 2011, in Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim. A TTBB version was commissioned and premiered by Chor Leoni and conductor Erick Lichte in 2017. Arrangments for wind ensemble or brass band are also available.
I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining.
I believe in love, even when I feel it not.
I believe in God, even when He is silent.
Anon. 20th Century