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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Deus tuorum militum RV612

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December 12, 2013

David Weygandt 180x180 Deus tuorum militum (RV612) is a Vesper hymn appropriate to the 'Common of One Martyr', what this means is that it could be sung as part of the liturgy on a feast day for a saint or martyr.  I don't know who he composed it for but I'm pretty sure that it wasn't composed for the Pietà because as well as the normal strings it uses obbligato oboes – a practice not followed by the Pietà. I'd date it to some time during the 1720s and the setting as was normal for the time is alternatim that is he set only verses 1, 3, and 5 of the hymn leaving the even-numbered verses for performance either as plainsong for paraphrasing on the organ. The soloists in the live performance below were David Weygand (tenor) and Lyndon England, (countertenor). Enjoy :-).

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Henri Seroka (born 1949): Stabat Mater — Poznański Chór Chłopięcy – Soloists: Adam Kutny and Jędrzej Owsianny

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December 11, 2013

Adam Kutny 180x180 captionedThe Belgian composer Henri Seroka of Smurfs theme music fame was born in Anderlecht to a Polish father and German mother. He's best known in Poland for his work with Jacek Bromski and for his 'Credo' which many associate with the Polish 1st Armoured Division in which Seroka's father served.  This performance of his 'Stabat Mater' was given by the Poznan Boys' Choir (Poznański Chór Chłopięcy) under their director Jacek Sykulski, the soloists were Adam Kutny (alto) and Jędrzej Owsianny (treble) who you may recall from his treble solo in Sykulski's 'Peace meditation' about which I wrote here (Poznański Chór Chłopięcy: Peace Meditation | Saturday Chorale). I love how the soloists voices intertwine in this piece. Enjoy :-)

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Kampen Boys Choir: Up! Good Christen Folk, and Listen – YouTube

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December 11, 2013

The always excellent  Kampen Boys Choir under their conductor Rintje te Wies singing 'Up! Good Christen Folk, and Listen' at their Festival of Lessons and Carols  given on 24 december 2012 at the Bovenkerk, Kampen. The melody is very old and can be found in Piæ Cantiones. The words and arrangement are Ratcliffes. Enjoy :-).

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Andreas Hammerschmidt (±1611–1675): Alleluja! Freuet euch, ihr Christen alle

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December 10, 2013

Hammerschmidt was one of Heinrich Schütz' pupils but his popularising style could be very far removed from that of his master.  His exuberant setting of Alleluja! Freuet euch, ihr Christen alle is typical of his output. Enjoy :-).

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Felice Anerio (±1560-1614): Christe redemptor omnium

December 9, 2013

westminster cathedral choir boys applauding 150x150 Felice Anerio's alternatim beautiful four-voice setting of the sixth century Advent Vesper hymn Christe redemptor omnium (Christ, Redeemer of Us All) is very traditional in style. Its imitative polyphony is very close to the chant and other than at the word 'caelum' avoids word-painting. It's sung below by the choir of Westminster Cathedral conducted by James O'Donnell. Enjoy :-).

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