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The Roll of Kings and Queens of AEthelmearc

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Published on Apr 22, 2013

At the Coronation of Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of AEthelmearc (Society for Creative Anachronism) on April 20, 2013, this piece was performed to fulfill the traditional reading of the list of past Kings and Queens. It was part of a larger effort to recreate a completely medieval coronation ceremony based on the Coronation service of Maximilian I, son of the Holy Roman Emperor, as titular King of the Romans in 1486, informed also by the Ordo of Mainz, from the 10th-century Romano-Germanic Pontifical. Developed by Master Steffan ap Kenydd of the East Kingdom (Steve Mesnick), it included four choral works. I was asked to build the music part of the program, mostly based on previous ceremonies done in the East Kingdom. The singers included over 20 people from all over the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, anchored by members of the Debatable Choir of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (Pittsburgh, PA).

"The Roll of Kings and Queens of AEthelmearc" was based on the "Te Regem Domine" arranged by Lady Lucien de Pontivy of the Barony of Carolingia (Boston) in the East Kingdom, modified by me to suit the words provided by Master Steffan. The names of past royalty were "latinized" as was the custom of the time; for example, "Rurik and Elspeth" became "Rodericus et Elizabetha." The chorus "Regnaverunt quia credidimus" translates to "They reigned because we believed." The final chorus, addressed to the new King and Queen, is changed to the present tense: "Regnatis quia credimus," or "You reign because we believe."

This video was recorded from the choir loft of the site, so the choir is located behind and to the right of the camera.

posted by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope
Choral Director for Coronation

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