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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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“Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above” • Nine Organ Accompaniments
published 30 March 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

HAT IS IT ABOUT DESCANTS that we love so very much? I believe I know the answer. Our minds already know the tune—and love it—but the added embellishment is refreshing and awesome. I believe this is the same reason we love polyphony so much, with its heavy use of imitation and canons.

Here’s a Descant Setting by Jacques de Nouë, taken from a Canadian collection: 1

    * *  PDF Download • “Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above” w/ Descant

I recorded the voice parts, to demonstrate how it sounds. The descant begins at the 0:46 marker:


Below are several other organ harmonizations for “Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above” you might find useful:

    * *  PDF Download • Campion Hymnal (organist)

    * *  PDF Download • New Saint Basil (1958)

    * *  PDF Download • Fr. Carlo Rossini (Latin)

    * *  PDF Download • Pius X Hymnal (1953)

    * *  PDF Download • Fr. Carlo Rossini (1936)

    * *  PDF Download • Standard Catholic Hymnal (1921)

    * *  PDF Download • Lawrence Gagnier (1962)

    * *  PDF Download • J. Vincent Higginson Hymnal (1955)

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REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   This small collection lacks a date of publication, but most likely appeared circa 1945. Many music journals & scores published in the war years lack such information. I have never been able to ascertain, for example, when the NOH first appeared.