Required Resources: SATB (or unison) choir, organ
Language: English and Latin
Here are three accessible Marian pieces by three familiar CNP composers:
- Peter Latona, Director of Music at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception [Washington DC]
- Gary Penkala, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music at Saint James Church [Charles Town WV]
- Colin Brumby, retired music professor from Queensland, Australia
Assumption New is a hymn-like setting of the Offertory antiphon for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.
The five verses are sung:
- unison women
- unison men
- unison choir
Each verse text ends with "Ave Maria, Mater Dei."
With very comfortable ranges and good modal writing, this motet is a quick learn.
Salutation is a commentary on the Annunciation.
The setting is utterly simple — unison melody throughout.
The accompaniment begins in unison, quickly adding a second and third part; the last phrase is four-part texture.
Each of the three verses begins with "Ave Maria," quoting a metrical version of the incipit for the chant Ave Maria.
This can be sung by soloist, unison children's choir (or men or women), or unison mixed choir.
O Sanctissima uses the text of the familiar Latin Marian hymn, with original music.
The three verse texts begin:
- O Sanctissima, O piissima …
- Tota pulchra es, O Maria …
- Sicut lilium inter spina …
Set homophonically, the motet begins in e minor and ends in G Major, with the text: "Ora, ora pro nobis."
Comfortable ranges and marvelous voice leading make this an easy motet for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception or any other Marian feast.
Order #: 5290
- Choral Music
- SATB Choir
- Unison Choir