Use: Pentecost, Confirmation
Required Resources: SATB choir, organ
Language: English & Latin
Gregor Aichinger (1565-1628) was a German organist and composer.
To his Marian Easter antiphon, Regina cœli, we add a Pentecost motet in our catalog.
A colleague wrote of the composer:
Aichinger in particular distinguishes himself by a warmth and tenderness of feeling bordering on mellowness, which is everywhere imbued with deep devotion.
This motet uses the text for the Communion Antiphon for Pentecost Sunday.
James Morrison, who edited the work, includes a chanted English translation which can be sung prior to the motet:
Suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting, alleluia:
and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak of the wonderful works of God, alleluia, alleluia [Acts 2:2,4].
Renaissance polyphony is strongly advocated by
Sacrosanctum concilium [Vatican II], and this fine example would make a fitting addition to the Pentecost/Confirmation repertoire.