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Sainte-Chapelle

Commissioned by the Tallis Scholars to commemorate  their 40th anniversary.
First performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on March 7, 2013, conducted by Peter Phillips. SSATB.

Sheet music for SSATB available from Musicroom, Hal Leonard and J.W. Pepper.

Original Latin poetry by Charles Anthony Silvestri:

(Translation)

An innocent girl
Entered the chapel;
And the angels in the glass
Softly sang,

“Hosanna in the highest!”

The innocent girl
Whispered,
“Holy! Holy! Holy!”

Light filled the chamber,
Many-coloured light;
She heard her voice
Echo,

“Holy! Holy! Holy!”

Softly the angels sang,

“Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and earth are full
Of your glory!

Hosannah in the highest!
Hosannah in the highest!”

Her voice becomes light, And the light sings,

“Holy! Holy! Holy!”

The light sings softly,
“Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full
Of your glory!”

Charles Anthony Silvestri

(Original Latin)

Virgo castissima
Advenit in capellam;
Et angeli in vitro
Molliter cantaverunt,

“Hosanna in excelsis!”

Illa castissima
Susurravit,
“Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus!”

Lux implevit spatium,
Multiformis colore;
Et audivit vocem suam
Resonare,

“Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus!”
Molliter angeli cantaverunt,

“Dominus Deus sabaoth,
Pleni sunt coeli et terra
Gloria tua!
Hosanna in excelsis!
Hosanna in excelsis!”

Vox in lumen se transformat,
Et lumen canit,

“Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus!”
Lumen canit molliter,

“Dominus Deus sabaoth,
Pleni sunt coeli et terra
Gloria tua!”

Virgo castissima
Advenit in capellam;
Et angeli in vitro
Molliter cantaverunt.

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