Regina caeli (I) (Antoine Busnois)

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  • (Posted 2009-09-29)  CPDL #20268:        (Finale 2009)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2009-09-29).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 172 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A mix of Tenor-G clef and standard G-clef has been employed in this edition for clarity of presentation.

General Information

Title: Regina Caeli (I)
Composer: Antoine Busnois

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c.1459–1480 in KBR MS 5557, no. 15
    Manuscript c.1503–1512 in Cappella Sistina MS 42, no. 20
Description: Busnois, credited with stretching the typical vocal range of singers, employs large ranges in the inner voices (A,T) not typical of modern mixed choirs. For practical performance purposes, one may utilize a mix of altos, counter-tenors and tenors (as applicable) for these inner parts, or altos and tenors can switch parts for certain passages. Uses variant of third line of the Marian prayer.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Regina caeli.