In Nativitate Beatae Mariae Virginis

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Program: #10-46   Air Date: Nov 08, 2010

Few sacred services survived the 1537 Reformation in Norway; from a choir book written for office chanting in the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, the superb Schola Sanctae Sunnivae gives us a 13th century service for the Blessed Virgin.

NOTE: BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. Very few liturgical codices survived the 1537 Reformation in Norway. From an Antiphonarium, a liturgical choir book for office chanting written for the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim in the 3rd quarter of the XIIIth Century, ten folios survived. Schola Sanctae Sunnivae has worked extensively with this material and focused on the surviving parts of the magnificent music in honor of the birth of the Holy Virgin Mary - Music of breathtaking spiritual and musical beauty.

Schola Sanctae Sunnivae was established in 1992 and consists of 12-14 female singers led by founder and conductor Anne Kleivset. The schola chose Norway's first female saint, the Irish princess Sunniva, as their patron. The ensemble is connected to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim and is widely regarded as one of Europe's leading Gregorian chant ensembles.

The recording is on the 2L label, and is CD #2L-069. For more information:

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For Vespers 

Antiphona ad Magnificat: Gloriosae Virginis Mariae ("Let us again worship the most worthy One")

For Matins 

Antiphona: Nativitas est hodie ("Today is the anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary") 
Antiphona: Ista est speciosa  ("She is the noble one, chosen by the Lord")   Antiphona: Hec est regina virginum 
  Responsorium: Corde et animo ("With heart and soul, let us sing praise")
  Responsorium: Solem iustitie ("She shall give birth to the Sun of Justice:)
  Responsorium: Stirps Jesse ("The sprout of Isaiah bore you")

For Laudes
Antiphona: Nativitas gloriosae ("This day was born the glorious Virgin Mary")
Antiphona: Nativitas est hodie ("Today is the anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary")
Antiphona: Regali ex progenie ("Mary was a maiden of illustrious birth")

Antiphona: Corde et animo  ("With heart and soul, let us sing praise")
Antiphona: Cum iucunditate  ("Let us keep with rejoicing the birth")
Antiphona ad Benedictum: Nativitatem hodiernam ("Let us this day keep solemnly the birth of Mary")

Additional material on the program came from: Cantio: Church and School Songs from Medieval Scandinavia (Pro Musica Antiqua, Oslo). Simax CD PSC 1203

Songs for the Birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

--Angelus emittitur ("An angel is sent forth")
--Ecce novum gaudium ("Behold this new joy")
--Resonet in laudibus ("Let this song of praise resound")
--Verbum caro factum est ("The word is made flesh through the Virgin")

CD Info

CD PSC 1203, CD #2L-069

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