Ferdinand Lukas Schubert (1794 - 1859) was an Austrian
composer and brother of Franz Schubert. He also
designed the grave stone for the grave of Ludwig van
Beethoven, which is now at Vienna's Central Cemetery.
He was an Austrian teacher, organist and composer. He
is notable for his compositions and for his role in
publishing the complete works of his younger brother
Franz Schubert. He received training in piano and
violin from his father, Franz Theodor Schubert, and his
older brother Ignaz, later from Michael Wood, and
finally from the public teacher of the choir of St.
Anna, Joseph Drechsler. As a boy, Ferdinand played
violin in the Schubert family string quartet, with his
brothers Franz and Ignaz on viola and violin and his
father on cello. Franz Schubert composed many of his
early string quartets for this ensemble.
The Regina Cæli or Regina Cœli ("Queen of Heaven"), is
an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Christian Church.
It is one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, prescribed to be sung or recited
in the Liturgy of the Hours at the conclusion of the
last of the hours to be prayed in common that day,
typically night prayer (Compline or Vespers). The
Regina Caeli is sung or recited in place of the Angelus
during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through
the Saturday after Pentecost.
Although originally created for accompanied chorus, I
created this arrangement for Small Orchestra: Bb
Trumpte, French Horn, String Ensemble (Violins (2),
Viola & Cello), Timpani & Woodwinds (Flutes (2), Oboe,
Bb Clarinet, English Horn & Bassoon).