Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Confitebor tibi Domine

For this setting of Psalm 111 Monteverdi re-used parts of his madrigals Dolcissimo uscignolo and Chi vol haver felice published in 1638 in his Eighth Book.  The syllabic word-setting and fluctuating musical pulse that you can hear throughout means that it’s in the French vers mesuré style or at least it’s in that somewhat staid…

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Das Marienbild, D623

Aloys Wilhelm Schreiber’s poem Das Marienbild was published in 1817,  sometime during the spring of 1818 Schubert bought the poetry volume in which it appeared and brought it with him to to Zseliz where he took up residence in July as music master to Count Esterházy’s children. During that summer he set several poems  amongst…

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Vom mitleiden Mariä, D632

Schubert’s Vom mitleiden Mariä, (D632) is a compelling Stabat Mater setting was completed in December of 1818 and is an example of his commitment to producing Marian music. It’s very old-fashioned in style whose austere three-part texture and somewhat disturbing chromaticism reminds me quite strongly of C.P.E. Bach’s odes settings of texts by his friend…

University College Dublin Choral Scholars 2012-2013: The Parting Glass

The Parting Glass Irish/Scottish Traditional Arr. Desmond Earley Mark Waters (solo vocal) Desmond Earley (director) UCD Choral Scholars 2012-2013 Sound Recording and Production: Kevin Whyms Direction: Matthew Leigh Production: Nodlag Houlihan Recorded and videoed on Sunday 7th April 2013 in Memorial Hall, University College Dublin, Ireland. This video and the arrangement ⓒ & ⓟ Desmond…