Salve Regina (Handel)
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 in the Church of Santa Maria in Montesanto, under the patronage of the Colonna family. Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxxviii,136 (there is no HHA designation of the work).
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||English Version|
|1||Soprano solo||Salve Regina, mater misericordiae,
vita dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
|Hail Queen, mother of mercy,|
our life, our sweetness, and our hope, hail.
|2||Soprano solo||Eia ergo, avvocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte,
|Turn then, our advocate,|
your eyes of mercy towards us.
|3||Soprano solo||O clemens, o pia, o dulcis virgo Maria.||Merciful, holy, sweet virgin Mary.|