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Vor Frelsers Kirkes Kor, Esbjerg: Rachmaninov Vesper op. 37, Nïne otpushchayeshï

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January 19, 2012

Sergei Rachmaninovs (1873-1943) Vesper fra 1915 er blevet fremhævet af mange som hans bedste værk. Det var også en af komponistens egne foretrukne, og han bad at den skulle synges til hans begravelse. Rachmaninov byggedei sit Vesper-Messe på gamle Russisk hymner men gav dem sin egen musikalske fortolkning. Det er meditativ og beroligende musick praget af skønne harmonier. Rachmaninov Vesper op. 37, Nïne otpushchayeshï sunget her ved Vor Frelsers Kirkes Kor, Esbjerg, tenor solo Jacob Heide Madsen,  dirigent Mikkel Andreassen.

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Kilde: Rachmaninov Vesper op. 37, Nïne otpushchayeshï – YouTube Uploaded by AndreassenMikkel on Aug 29, 2011

Syngedrengene ved vor frue kirke Assens: For Unto Us A Child , Händel Messias

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December 25, 2011

julekort 2011

Syngedrengene ved vor frue kirke Assens, Christianskirkens drenge- og mandskor Fredericia, Skt.Knuds Drengekor Odense, Händels Messias

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Århus Pigekor: Det Kimer Nu Til Julefest

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December 19, 2011

Martin Luther (1483-1586) var ved at forberede den traditionelle julefest, da han besluttede at skrive i Salme for hans børn, at blive sunget i løbet af festlighederne. Den salme, han skrev, var "Vom Himmel Hoch", og året menes at være 1535.

Sangen snart rejste over grænsen til Danmark, hvor Hans Tausen (1494-1561) skrev den første danske oversættelse. Den danske præst og salmedigter Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872) var særlig glad for denne salme og skrev en ny oversættelse, Fra Himle høit komme vi hende, før han senere skrev, hvad han kaldte en fri oversættelse af salmen, Det Kimer Nu Til Julefest , i 1817. (Den første version af denne havde 24 vers, men det blev hurtigt forkortet til 9 vers, og det er i denne form den Carol er blevet en af ​​Danmark mest elskede julesange).

Om Carl Christian Nikolaj Balle

Melodien var skrevet af præsten Carl Christian Nikolaj Balle (1806-1855). Der er ikke meget kendt om C.C.N Balle. Han studerede på det latinske Skole i Horsens omkring 1824, og arbejdede der som lærer i latin og religion, før han blev sognepræst i Vesterbølle i Viborg og senere Nebsager i Århus. Han udgav en prædiken kollektion, Prædikener til Juletiden (Prædikener til jul), og en samling af salmer med titlen "Psalmer for huusbrug" ("Salmernes til hjemmet"). I dag er han bedst kendt for at skrive melodien af julesange Det kimer nu til julefest, melodien blev komponeret i 1850.

Århus Pigekor synger "Det kimer nu til julefest". Dirigent er Helle Høyer, ved en koncert i Voldum Kirke den December 2, 2009. Nyd det :-)

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Kilde: Det Kimer Nu Til Julefest" with Århus Girls Choir – YouTube 

Tekst: Det kimer nu til julefest

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Stenhammar – September (Alle de voksende skygger)

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October 27, 2011

Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927) was born into an upper-class Swedish family of artists.  As a child Stenhammar began to compose and to play the piano  and he, his siblings, and their friends formed a vocal group. He never received much formal training and never attended a conservatory but some of his early compositions such as the "Tre körvisor" ("Three choral songs") of which this one «September (Alle de voksende skygger)» ("September (All the growing shadows)") is the first. It's Stenhammar's setting of a poem by Danish novelist, poet, and scientist J. P. Jacobsen. The piece is performed here by the Danish choir "Musica Ficta" conducted by Bo Holten, lyrics and a translation to English are below the video. Enjoy :-)

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Lyrics: Alle de voksende skygger

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Sunday Playlist: Taverner "Westron Wynde"

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October 9, 2011

westernwind_score_01 "Westron wynde, when wyll thou blow,

The small rayne downe can rayne.

Cryst, yf my love were in my armys,

And I yn my bed agayne."

"Western wind when will thou blow,

The small rain down can rain.

Christ, if my love were in my arms,

And I in my bed again."

For this Sunday's "Sunday Playlist" I've uploaded five music videos of the Danish Choir Ars Nova Copenhagen performing John Taverner's 'Westron Wynde' ('Western Wind' ) Mass and put them into a playlist for you to enjoy. It's one of my favourite Masses, one of my favourite pieces of Tudor music, and it's performed here by one of my favourite choirs.
The 'Westron Wynde' Mass gets its name from the fact that it's built on a cantus firmus resembling the melody found in GB-Lbl Roy. App.58, f.5 (see picture). Taverner's 'Westron Wynde' Mass is one of three Masses built upon this decidedly secular melody (the other two were composed by Tye and Sheppard).

Using a secular tune as a cantus firmus — a term which in this context means using a pre-existing melody as the basis of a new polyphonic composition, was quite common amongst continental composers, «L'homme armé » was used as a cantus firmus for settings of the Mass by both Josquin and Dufay for example but that wasn't the case in England. Taverner's 'Westron Wynde' Mass is unique in English renaissance music in that not only is it the first English composition for a Mass based on a secular tune it is also the first in a linked series of compositions of the Mass by different composers. Taverner uses the melody 36 times in all (9 times in each section) switching between voices in a series of polyphonic variations. I particularly like how Taverner does this in this Mass, he couples a very proportionate setting with considerable inventiveness so that each voice gives us a new perspective on the melody. This inventiveness coupled with balance is why it's one of his most influential works and why it is popular to this day.

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