Nice idea for Marian chant/polyphony
As many readers of this blog are probably aware, Pope Paul VI published a collection of chants in 1974 called “Jubilate Deo” that he asked all the world’s bishops to make known to all Catholics.
Included in this collection was the Marian hymn “Ave maris stella”. I happened upon this polyphonic version by Felice Anerio a few days back. (FYI, Anerio also has a great setting of the Gradual for Good Friday.) It occurred to me that a neat idea would be to alternate between chant and polyphony - this actually is how I first encountered this hymn in a choral lit class (Dufay and Dunstable, I believe, did this):
Verse 1: chant
Verse 2: polyphony
Verse 3: chant
Verse 4: polyphony
The actual polyphony is kinda cute: Palestrina meets early Baroque chromaticism.