Performance of the Gregorian Salve Regina coupled with Josquin DesPres's cantus firmus motet in my own performance edition.
The motet is a marvel of musical craftsmanship: not only does it utilize the Gregorian chant in its entirety in the Alto voice, but its structure is a strict double canon throughout: Soprano/Alto sing one strict canon; Tenor/Bass sing a different strict canon. Performed by Voces Novae et Antiquae under my direction May 16, 2004, in Philadelphia, PA.
The performing edition is also available from me directly: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Background from Wikipedia:
The *Salve Regina,* also known as the "Hail Holy Queen," is a Marian hymn and one of four Marian antiphons sung at different seasons within the Christian liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. The *Salve Regina* is traditionally sung at Compline in the time from the Saturday before Trinity Sunday until the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent. "Hail Holy Queen" is also the final prayer of the Rosary.
The work was composed during the Middle Ages by German monk Hermann of Reichenau and originally appeared in Latin, the prevalent language of Western Christianity until modern times.
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
- Medieval/Renaissance Choral