Salve Regina (Handel)

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Salve Regina (HWV 241) is an antiphon composed by George Friederic Handel around 1707. It is most likely that the work was first performed for Trinity Sunday in Vignanello on 19 July 1707[1] in the Church of Santa Maria in Montesanto, under the patronage of the Colonna family.[citation needed] Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxxviii,136 (there is no HHA designation of the work).[1]

The work is based on the Marian anthems with their supplicatory text.

A typical performance lasts nearly 12 minutes.


The opening and closing movements are slow and reflective and frame a vigorous allegro movement.

The work has the following three movements:

Movement Type and voice Text[2] English Version
1 Soprano solo Salve Regina, mater misericordiae,

vita dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exules filii Evae
ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.

Hail Queen, mother of mercy,

our life, our sweetness, and our hope, hail.
To you we cry, exiles, sons of Eve.
To you we sigh, mourning and weeping,
in this valley of tears.

2 Soprano solo Eia ergo, avvocata nostra,

illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte,
et Jesum benedictum fructum ventris tuis
nobis post hoc exilium ostende.

Turn then, our advocate,

your eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this our exile
show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

3 Soprano solo O clemens, o pia, o dulcis virgo Maria. Merciful, holy, sweet virgin Mary.

See also


  1. ^ a b Hicks, Anthony (2001). Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. x (2 ed.). London: Macmillan. p. 786.
  2. ^ "Latin Music (Handel, George Frederic) {p. IV}" (PDF). Retrieved 29 March 2013.

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