CAROLS
Alta
Reyna soberana (High sovereign Queen)


SA double choir / percussion
Click to download percussion part (to come)

This piece first appears as one of the many Spanish tunes in the Cancionero de Uppsala (1556, printed in Venice). Please note that the setting is for two equal SA choirs, thus the score layout. Spacing the two choirs apart will bring out some of the antiphonal effects. This piece could be sung up or down a half-step. If sung down a half-step some of the alto low notes could be brought up an octave. The piece shifts back and forth from a cut-time legato (half note = 56) to a 3/4 poco marcato (dotted half-note also = 56). The text is not fully modern Spanish, thus a few language quirks may be noticed. A frame drum or two would be an excellent choice for the percussion part.


 

TRANSLATION

High sovereign Queen only you are worthy,
that from you the Son of God received human form.

Before the world was created you went from the Eternal Father,
so that you might be mother of God and our advocate.

Fountain of our good manna only you are worthy,
that from you the Son of God received human form.



 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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