Celebrations from the Mediterranean

Regina caeli by Francisco Guerrero

Audivi vocem by Thomas Tallis

Program Notes

Celebrations from the Mediterranean

The challenge to the singer and listener is to nurture and hear the marriage of sound and silence in space...

Celebrations from the Mediterranean

New York Polyphony

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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        Praised worldwide for their “consistently spirited, carefully shaped performances” (New York Times), the illustrious male vocal quartet New York Polyphony present an evening of Spanish liturgical music, beginning with a mass by Morales. Works by Guerrero and Victoria exhibit a common flair for vivid, dramatic writing, and are united by their radiant imagery. Quae est ista captures the Virgin Mary “fair as the moon, bright as the sun,” while Gaudent in coelis imagines the celestial celebrations of the saints. Palestrina transforms the same text with his smooth and flowing style, allowing notes to lead gently into one another and harmonies to flourish as the saints “rejoice without end.”


  • Francisco Guerrero Regina caeli
  • Francisco Guerrero Quae est ista - surge propera
  • Cristóbal de Morales Missa Vulnerasti cor meum
  • Tomás Luis da Victoria Gaudent in coelis
  • Francisco Suriano Magnificat Primi Toni
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Gaudent in coelis
  • Tomás Luis da Victoria Missa O quam gloriosum