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Arvo Pärt (b1935): I am the true vine

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November 5, 2013

ceilingbossnorwichcathedral Pärt  wrote this setting of John 15: 1-14 for the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Norwich Cathedral in 1996. His aim was to was recreate in music the sort of sinuous patterns that you see in vines while at the same time expressing musically the strenght of the metaphor. To do that he created a pattern of notes that he repeated six times as the work unfolds. This framework and the fact that the pitches remain unaltered throughout represents the vine's trunk – and the central message of the text.

Having set the main framework, or trunk, Pärt alters his rhythms as need to suit the text switching smoothly from lower to upper and adding and subtracting voices at will. Enjoy :-).

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Robert Parsons (c1535-1572): Peccantem me quotidie

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November 4, 2013

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We don't know all that much about Robert Parsons although as he was an assistant to Richard Bower, Master of the Children Choristers of the Chapel Royal until 1561 it seems likely that he started his musical career as a choir boy. He was appointed Gentleman of the Chapel Royal on 17 October 1563 and in 1567 was granted a Crown lease for twenty-one years on three rectories near Lincoln (‘Sturton, Randbie and Staynton’) and may have taught William Byrd who succeeded to his post as Gentleman of the Chapel Royal following Parsons' death by drowning near Newark-on-Trent. Not much of his music survives nine pieces in Latin, two Services in English, two anthems in English, a few secular songs and even fewer instrumental pieces including five In nomines. It seems to me to be likely that Parsons wasn't active as a composer during the reign of Edward VI. 'Peccantem me quotidie' the work featured in this post to my mind dates very clearly from Mary's reign because Parsons designed its structure to  conform to the liturgical needs of the Sarum rite. The music itself which dramatically underscores the fervency of the text makes me wish that more of his compositions had survived. Enjoy :-).

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Sunday Concert: Concerto Palatino Part 1 – YouTube

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November 3, 2013

The first part of a concert give on on August 31st 2011 at the Jacobikerk Utrecht broadcast by the Dutch Public Broadcasting Organization AVRO:

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Ad te levavi oculos a 12;
  • Anon - Madre non mi far monaca;
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi - Partite sopra la Monica, O Jesu mi dulcissimo, Canzon sesta a 2, Jesu Rex admirabilis a 3;
  • Ottavio Bargnani - Canzon sopra la Monica a 5;
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - O bone Iesu a 8 instrumentaal, Nigra sum a 5, Nigra sum, diminuties:
  • Bruce Dickey, Lauda Sion salvatorem a 8.

Enjoy :-)

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St. Philips Boys Choir: Be Still for the Presence of The Lord

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November 2, 2013

Liam O'Kane 150x150 captionedBe Still for the Presence of the Lord," sung by St. Philips Boys Choir, who went on to become Angel Voices who in turn became Libera. The soloist is Liam O'Kane. Enjoy :-).

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): Gaudeamus omnes

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November 1, 2013

William Byrd captioned 150x220px Byrd's setting of the Introit Gaudeamus omnes was published in the 1605 Gradualia it's a joyful and witty piece of music that celebrates the Feast of All Saints (November 1st) I particularly enjoy how he portrays the Angels letting their hair down and enjoying themselves at 'gaudent Angeli, et collaudant Filium Dei' (the Angels rejoice, and praise the Son of God). It's not the easiest piece to sing but the Cambridge Singers under John Rutter have the musical ability (and agility!) to manage it. Enjoy :-)

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