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Sunday Documentary: “Singing From Memory” – The American Boychoir

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May 24, 2015

Here is the full length documentary film I made in 1998, built from footage generated in the production of my two earlier Boychoir films and other stock elements.

Don't let the fact that this was made in 1998 put you off, it's still well worth watching as a historical record and a well-made documentary, and also because the things that make a good choir good don't actually change that much over the centuries let alone over the decades.

mfi

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Zürcher Sängerknaben (May 16, 2015) Mozart, Laudate Dominum – YouTube

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May 23, 2015

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Concert in the Pfarrkirche. BOYS´CHOIRS´ FESTIVAL with the Toelzer, the Wilteners from Innsbruck/Austria and the Zurchers.

http://www.zsk.ch/

Boy soloist Jonah Schenkel

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Where’er you walk — Aksel JS Rykkvin (treble)

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May 22, 2015

Treble Aksel Johannes Skramstad Rykkvin sings "Where'er you walk" from the opera "Semele" (G.F. Händel) during his concert with leading cathedral organist Magne H. Draagen in Nidaros Cathedral on Easter Sunday April 5, 2015. http://www.ajsrykkvin.no Aksel sings in Oslo Cathedral Boys´ Choir and in the Children’s Chorus of the Norwegian National Opera. Voice teachers: Helene […]


Inviolata, integra, et casta es Maria – Kantorei of Kansas City

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May 21, 2015

The KSCI Concert Chorale directed by guest clinician, Dr. Ryan Board of Pepperdine University. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, KC MO. Chant, transcribed by Dr. Board.

This eleventh century plainchant sequence for the Ladymass dealing with Mary's immaculate person was particularly popular  with sixteenth century composers amongst them Josquin and Gombert. I've added the text and a translation to English below the video.  Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Jacquet de Mantua (1483 -1559): Aspice Domine

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May 20, 2015

Jacques Colebault or Jacquet de Mantua as he became known was a prolific French composer who spent most of his life in Italy serving the Church. Musically he's important first as one of the leading composers in the period between Josquin and Palestrina and secondly because he was enormously influential. Amongst his patrons were the Este family, Ercole Cardinal Gonzaga (President of the Council of Trent), and Popes Leo X and Clement VII. His works were widely published with collections of his works being published by Scotto and Gardane while music theorists such as Lanfranco, Vanneo, Artusi and Cerone all lauded his works as being equal to those of Gombert and Willaert. While younger composers such as  de Monte, Ruffo, Vaet, de Lassus, Merulo and last but by no means least Palestrina all drew inspiration from him using works of his as the basis of compositions of their own. Aspice Domine, which was first published in 1532 is the most famous of his motets is a good example of how widespread and influential his music was being found in more than forty sources, including no less than seven instrumental intabulations. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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