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Sunday Concert – Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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November 23, 2014

Rachmaninov wrote two major works for choir both of which are sacred choral music masterpieces the famous All Night Vigil  and then there's this work  The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.  The Divine Liturgy is nowhere near as well known which is a shame because its choral writing is certainly to the same glorious standard as his monumental All-Night Vigil. This live performance was given on November 2nd 2014 by Groot Omroepkoor directed by Sigvards Klava at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and was broadcast by the Dutch AVRO broadcaster.  Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Drakensberg Boys Choir: Wethelebuke

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November 22, 2014

Wethelebuke, a SiSwati composition - as recorded on our campus in 2012

Enjoy :-)

mfi

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John Taverner (±1490 – 1545): Quemadmodum

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November 21, 2014

When Cardinal Wolsey fell from grace money for the college he founded suddenly became very scarce. This decided Taverner to leave his post at the college and retire to Boston where he remained for the rest of his life. He continued to compose and Quemadmodum  a setting of the first verses of Psalm 41 (42) is one of the products of that time. It's a refined and poised piece of musical that for its time was  very daring and radical piece of work. It continued Taverner's breaking free from the Tudor mould that paved the way for the music of The English Reformation. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Duo ubera tua

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November 20, 2014

Thy breasts are like two fawns, roes that are twins.
Thy nose is as a tower of ivory.
Thine eyes are like the pools in Hesebon,
which are at the Gate of the Daughter of the Multitude.
Thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon
that looks towards Damascus.
Thy head is like Carmel, and the hair of thy head
is as royal purple braided in strands.

This is the twenty-sixth in the series of twenty-nine motets based upon the Song of Songs that Palestrina first published in 1584. Each motet is carefully contrived to singable by a wide range of groups and it is this, coupled with the beauty and eroticism of the text that accounted for their wild popularity. They took Italy by storm going through no  less than eleven reprints in short order. I've always felt that Duo ubera tua is particularly beautiful. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Wednesday Earwig: The Art of the Vocal Warm-up – Indianapolis Children’s Choir

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November 19, 2014

It's been ages since we've had an earwig so here goes. The Indianapolis Children's Choir showing us how it's done. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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