Ryan told me that Trevor Thomson did a modern version of Salve Regina – Hail, Queen of Heaven. Thomson has taken the guts of tune and inserted it into a more metrical version – but he has a lot of changes in time signature nonetheless. The refrain is in Latin and the verses in English.
If you think its a good idea to take the Latin out of chant, the sheet music is available at OCP.
My backing suggests I was in a strange mood:
This is more sensible:
Mary mentioned a further modernisation: the Sister Act version of another Marian hymn, “Hail Holy Queen”.
This venerable Marian hymn haunted my wife’s school days but as a young heathen I managed to avoid it. Then again I had to sing “Onward Christian Soldiers”.
Godsongs has all the details including the usual text and sheet music, but I note it comes in a few different versions. For example, GA replaces the line “We sinners make our prayer through thee”, with “From sin’s domain God kept you free”.
The text is by John Lingard (1771-1851) and it is set to a traditional English tune, STELLA.
My BIAB backing is meant to be a nun’s ropey piano and a plain melody line.
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As One Voice: The Next Generation
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Mason’s “Mass of Glory and Praise”
To access my backings for Paul Mason's mass go to Feb 2011 in the archive.