Salve Regina - Neil Sands

Duration: 6'15"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Difficult
M708047124 Full score £3.00
MP3 performance (Chichester Music Pressgang)

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A setting for unaccompanied SATB of the prayer Hail, Holy Queen (in Latin).

The piece's four sections start with a tranquil and lyrical opening in a radiant A major. This leads to a vigorous and frightening 'Ad te clamabo' - 'To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve'. After this the peace returns for 'Eia ergo' - 'Turn then, most gracious advocate', and the serene invocation 'O clemens' - 'O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary' rounds the piece off in an atmosphere of approaching slumber.

Salve, Regina,
mater misericordiae:
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, Advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis, Virgo Maria.