Regina caeli (Jean Rousée)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-11)  CPDL #56236:       
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2019-12-11).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note values.

General Information

Title: Regina caeli
Composer: Jean Rousée

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSTTTTBB
Genre: SacredAntiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1535 in Motettorum, Book 12 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 7
Description: The source is Attaingnant's 12th book of motets, which is devoted to Marian antiphons. Although few works by the composer (fl. 1534-60), who wrote both songs and motets, have survived, this setting is a surprisingly successful and sonorous one, notable both for its length and for the number of voices used. The voices are sometimes divided into two four-part choirs, and the variety in the number of voices used suggests a composer who thought about what would work effectively.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Regina caeli.