Regina Caeli
Kerensa Briggs

Composer Kerensa Briggs
Voicing SATB, a cappella (divisi)
Topics Easter
Lectionary usage Easter
Price $2.95 (U.S.)
Length 2' 15" Released 10/2021
Catalog no. 405-520
Difficulty Difficult

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Kerensa Briggs has written a festive motet based on the text and Gregorian melody of the Marian Antiphon for Eastertide. The chant’s inherent rhythmic movement between duple and triple groups is exploited to create a festive and vibrant rhythmic texture well-suited to the mood of the Easter season. The choral parts are divided (SSAATTBB) for the majority of the piece.

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia;
quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son you merited to bear, alleluia,
has risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray to God for us, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

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"This Eastertide motet for eight voices features densely voiced chords in a freely chromatic, yet still tonal, context with hints of whole-tone harmonies by way of Lydian inflections. The homophonic texture brings the variety of metrical organization to the fore, with a mixture of duple and compound meters suggesting the ecstasy of the Marian text. Quick changes in dynamic and tempo reinforce the extemporaneous feel. Briggs shows mastery in voice leading, ensuring that even complicated, chromatic lines are idiomatic to singers. The brief motet packs a real punch of unbounded delight suitable for advanced choirs." -The AAM Journal, Nov. 2021



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