Regina Coeli from "Cavalleria Rusticana" (arr Ruggles)

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Pietro Mascagni (arr. Ruggles)

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General Info

Year: 1890 / 1970
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript

Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The Regina Cæli or Regina Cœli (pronounced Re-GEEN-a CHE-li, meaning "Queen of Heaven") is an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Catholic Church.

It is one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons of the Blessed Virgin Mary, prescribed to be sung or recited in the Liturgy of the Hours at the conclusion of the last of the hours to be prayed in common that day, typically night prayer (Compline or Vespers). The Regina Coeli is sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through the Saturday after Pentecost.

-Program Note from Wikipedia

Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni (19863-1945). The libretto is by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play and short story written y Giovanni Verga. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it was premiered on May 17, 1980, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double bill with Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Cavalleria Rusticana was Mascagni's first opera to be completed and performed. It remains the best known of his fifteen operas and one operetta.

One of the most beautiful moments of the opera is the chorus Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven). Regina Coeli is an ancient Latin Marian hymn of the Catholic Church.

- Program Note by William V. Johnson

Mascagni was still an obscure musician when in 1889 he read the news that the publisher Edoardo Sonzogna was offering a prize for a one-act opera. Already attracted to Verga’s libretto from the tale “Cavalleria Rusticana”, the young composer worked tirelessly and completed the music in three months. Exhausted and dissatisfied with the results, he refused to submit the score, but his wife secretly sent the manuscript to Sonzogna. It was presented with two other finalists in Rome on May 17, 1890. At the premiere, Mascagli took almost 40 curtain calls. Later, parades were held in his honor and the King of Italy presented him with the Order of the Crown.

In 1970, composer Charles Ruggles transcribed one of the most beautiful arias, Queen of Heaven from that opera for the United States Marine Band.

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 23 November 2015


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  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Daven Haskett, conductor) – 23 November 2015

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