Required Resources: TTBB choir, organ
The Laudes Regiæ ("Royal Praises") are ancient texts that are chanted at important ceremonies in the Roman Catholic Church; for example, the coronation of a pope.
Dr. Nicholas Will has used the first few phrases as an antiphon:
This is sung at the beginning, then three times during the chanting of Psalm 117, and once at the end.
With each repetition, the choir adds new harmonies to the original unison chant.
Beautifully written for male voices and organ, this piece was premiered at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
It would make an ideal addition to any seminary schola's repertory, and can be sung by even a modest choir with one or two voices on each part.