Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Salve Regina - in the Baroque Style

Baroque music is rarely posted here, for reasons that this style (and it is that) constitutes a derivative form of the normative music of the liturgy, and arguably holds a lesser position than the Renaissance style insofar as it is further away from the chant as the ideal. And its use in liturgical settings is surely something that must be conditioned on time and place.

So I can only speak for myself in saying that I find the Baroque in liturgy to be absolutely wonderful. It is simply a matter of reflecting on what it means to offer the best we have in worship, and surely this kind of music is among the best we have. It is virtuosic in composition and performance. It is graceful, delightful, and artful in every way.

Here is the second part of Salve Regina by Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686-1768):

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

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