William Byrd (±1539-1623): Non vos relinquam (SSATB)

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October 23, 2014

Non vos relinquam is one of the motets from the 1607 Gradualia. It's a five-part setting (SSATB) whose simple and flowing style conceals some very complex counterpoint. Whenever I listen to it I marvel at how Byrd wove the alleluias into the fabric of the piece and how he manages to portray the Apostles' mixed feelings of sadness at Christ's departure coupled with their joy at the knowledge of their salvation. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Wednesday Earwig – Drakensberg Boys Choir: Let the River Run

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October 22, 2014

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Let the River Run as recorded on our campus in 2012 - music and lyrics by Carly Simon.

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William, Monk of Stratford: Magnificat a 4

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October 21, 2014

I can tell you almost nothing about William Stratford he's described in the Eton Choirbook as 'monachus Stratfordiae' which means he must have been a a monk of the Cistercian abbey of Stratford-atte-Bowe in what is now East London. His  four-part setting of the Magnificat is one of the very few settings in the Eton Choirbook to have survived in its entirety as you might expect it's written in the florid style of the late 15th century.  Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Robert Carver (fl 1484– 1567): O bone Jesu

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October 20, 2014

Robert Carver (or Carvor) was an Augustinian monk whose compositions are the source of the Carvor Choir book. He was evidently musically very ambitious, as you can hear from his nineteen part motet  O bone Jesu (SSSAATTTTTTTTTTTBBB). It's a very assured piece of music that illustrates in a quite spectacular manner how the English fondness for full sonorities was shared by their Scots brethren it also presents a technical challenge equalled only by Tallis' Spem in Alium   Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Howard Harold Hanson (1896 – 1981): Symphony No.1 in E-minor, Op.22 “Nordic”

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October 19, 2014

Howard Hanson's music was very popular with American audiences perhaps because he wrote in such an unabashedly romantic style he was quite strongly influence by Sibelius but he himself also said that both Palestrina and Bach were also amongst his musical heroes whom he strove to emulate. His symphonies are wonderful the first of these the "Nordic" Symphony  dates from his time in Rome studying under Ottorino Respighi, whose  influence on Hanson's music can be heard here.  The fact that it's an early work shouldn't put you off it's well worth your while and serves as a good introduction to Hanson's symphonies. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Annual Holiday 2014

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October 5, 2014

After more than thirteen hundred posts it's time for a short break so I am taking a two weeks holiday from writing here. The next posting on Saturday Chorale will be published on Sunday October 19th 2014.

I look forward to seeing you then.

mfi

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Drakensberg Boys Choir: Amavolovolo (Joint Performance) – 27 August 2014

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October 4, 2014

The boys of the Drakensberg Boys Choir, together with the Kärntner Landesjugendchor and the proTON Vokalensemble performing Amavolovolo live in concert on Wednesday 27 August 2014. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Christopher Hogwood (10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014)

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October 3, 2014

With the death of Christopher Hogwood, conductor, musicologist, keyboard player and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, aged 73 one of this era's musical giants has passed away. It's almost impossible to overstate how influential he was as a champion and exponent of early-music. He was the presiding genius of the Academy of Ancient Music which he founded in 1973 and oversaw its rise as of the premier orchestras of our age. He fulfilled his dream of creating a professional and dedicated group of musicians who would be at the forefront of the period-instrument movement. While most people thought of him as a conductor and while it's very easy to find recordings of him conducting the AAM his role as a lecturer and researcher is less well known. Fortunately for us he recorded several series of lectures for Gresham COllege and these are available both on YouTube and from Gresham College free of charge. My own very small tribute to him is to direct you these lectures and to ask that you pray for his soul.

mfi

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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): In turbato mare irato RV627

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October 2, 2014

This is one of four pieces of Vivaldi's sacred music sent to the court at Dresden it's a very old fashioned piece that uses the old baroque operatic metaphor of ships buffeted by stormy seas, looking for shelter in this case with the aid of the 'Star of The Sea' – the  stella maris, one the Virgin Mary's titles of honour.  It's a surprisingly difficult piece to perform well – it needs a soprano soloist with presence and control, but it also needs the various parts of accompaniment to come through clearly without swamping either each other or the soloist. Happily for us in the performance you'll find below Dominique Labelle and the Voices of Music manage to achieve precisely this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – their notes are well worth reading too.

mfi

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Pulchra es amica mea

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October 1, 2014

Pulchra es amica mea (Thou art beautiful, O my love) is the twenty-second in the series  of twenty-nine motets based upon Song of Songs published by Palestrina to meet the demand for music to be sung at the meetings of the many religious groups, orders, and sodalities springing upduring the religious revival then taking place in Italy . Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Walter Lambe (±1450 – ±1500): Nesciens Mater

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September 30, 2014

The clearest possible indication of how important Lambe was considerered to be by his contemporaries lies in the fact that so many of his compositions were collected in the Eton Choirbook. His five part (SATTB) setting of the Marian antiphon Nesciens Mater uses the chant as its cantus firmus but surrounds it with what Harry Christophers describes as 'an incandescent tracery of voices, echoing if you like the Perpendicular architecture of Henry VI’s Eton'.  It's a lovely piece of work that gives me pleasure every time I hear it. It's some of the most beautiful polyphony I know of, I particularly admire the cadences at the end. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa (±1561–1613): Ave dulcissima Maria

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September 29, 2014

In 1603 Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa published two collections of motets under the title of 'Sacrae Cantiones'. The first volume or Sacrarum cantionum quinque vocibus Liber primus to give it its full title consists of 19 motets for 5 voices of which Ave dulcissima Maria is the ninth. It's a very balanced and beautiful piece of music with some wonderful chromatic harmonies. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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