TARTING this Saturday night, we no longer sing “Regina Cæli”—instead, we switch back to “Salve Regina.” That’s because FIRST VESPERS always happens the night before the Feast in question. (TRINITY SUNDAY is this coming Sunday, so “First Vespers” of Trinity Sunday happens on Saturday night.) The Salve Regina has a haunting “Solemn tone,” but most people sing the “Simple tone.” Veronica Brandt posted both versions in 2017.
The Nova Organi Harmonia website contains the “solemn” tone—but what about the “simple” tone? Here are twelve organ accompaniments you might want to explore:
* PDF Download • Version 1 (Jeff Ostrowski)
—Jeff tried to make this 2011 version as simple as humanly possible.
* PDF Download • Version 2 (Father Green)
—Father Andrew Green, OSB, assisted Father Herman Koch with a 1942 hymnal.
* PDF Download • Version 3 (Father Rossini)
—Father Carlo Rossini had a long career at Saint Paul’s Cathedral (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).
* PDF Download • Version 4 (Dom Desrocquettes DM)
—D Major Version • Dom Jean-Hébert Desroquettes was organist at Solesmes Abbey.
* PDF Download • Version 5 (Dom Desrocquettes CM)
—C Major Version • Dom Jean-Hébert Desroquettes was organist at Solesmes Abbey.
* PDF Download • Version 6 (Dom Murray)
—Dom Andrew Gregory Murray was organist at Downside Abbey.
* PDF Download • Version 7 (Trappist Monk)
—A Trappist monk wrote this circa 1950.
* PDF Download • Version 8 (Dr. Marier)
—Dr. Theodore Marier published this version in 1953.
* PDF Download • Version 9 (Bragers DM)
—D Major Version • Achille P. Bragers studied at the Lemmens Institute (Belgium).
* PDF Download • Version 10 (Bragers Eb)
—Eb Major Version • Achille P. Bragers studied at the Lemmens Institute (Belgium).
* PDF Download • Version 12 (Henri Potiron)
—Henri Potiron was choirmaster of Sacred Heart Basilica (Paris) and taught at the Gregorian Institute.
I’m thinking of assembling organ accompaniments for all four Marian antiphons (Alma Redemptoris Mater; Ave Regina Caelorum; Regina Caeli; Salve Regina); please let me know—in the Facebook combox—if you would appreciate such a post. Thank you!