Sheet Music: Salve Regina in C minor

TitleSalve Regina in C minor
ComposerGiovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736)
InstrumentationFlute and Strings
KeyC minor
RangeF4–Ab5
Time signature4/4
Tempo48 BPM
Performance time3:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-04-07
Last updated2010-04-07
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Categories
Arias, Baroque

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Wednesday 7 April 2010

Tune of the Day: Salve Regina

by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

According to some scholars, the Salve Regina in C minor might be the last work written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. It has been said that had the Italian composer not died when he was only 26, he might have been as great a composer as Mozart.

Pergolesi's setting of this traditional Latin prayer is passionate, richly expressive, and yet somewhat dark. Indeed, the first of its six movements is a largo of exquisite beauty, a perfect illustration of a particular kind of baroque beauty, intensely expressive but at the same time seeming to hold back a freedom of lyricism.