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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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