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Sunday Documentary: “Singing From Memory” – The American Boychoir

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May 24, 2015

Here is the full length documentary film I made in 1998, built from footage generated in the production of my two earlier Boychoir films and other stock elements.

Don't let the fact that this was made in 1998 put you off, it's still well worth watching as a historical record and a well-made documentary, and also because the things that make a good choir good don't actually change that much over the centuries let alone over the decades.

mfi

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Inviolata, integra, et casta es Maria – Kantorei of Kansas City

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May 21, 2015

The KSCI Concert Chorale directed by guest clinician, Dr. Ryan Board of Pepperdine University. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, KC MO. Chant, transcribed by Dr. Board.

This eleventh century plainchant sequence for the Ladymass dealing with Mary's immaculate person was particularly popular  with sixteenth century composers amongst them Josquin and Gombert. I've added the text and a translation to English below the video.  Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Psalm 23 (Bay Psalm Book): American Boy Choir

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May 11, 2015

Bay Psalm 23
The Bay Psalm book is probably unknown to my readers on this side of the Atlantic, and, I suspect, to many in America, and so a little history before listening to the music is appropriate. In 1640 the Massachusetts Bay Colony published the Bay Psalm Book (it was printed by Stephen Daye in the house of the president of Harvard College) this was a remarkable event in American history in several ways. It was the first book to be published in the colonies which would make it an important event in its own right. Even more important however is that it was the first book to be entirely written in the colonies and thus represents an important parting of the ways between America and Britain.  "Thirty pious and learned Ministers" amongst them Richard Mather, John Eliot, Thomas Weld, and John Cotton translated the psalms contained in the metrical Psalter. The translations can seem a bit rough, a bit unpolished, and so far as I know none of them are in widespread use today (although many of the tunes to which the translations were sung have survived). In its time it was widely read and used and was used by the Puritan congregations of New England. They used it in preference to the Anglican psalter precisely because it was theirs it was written by their fellow Puritans for them it was an important statement of their independence and of their growing self-confidence. It went through about forty reprintings at first and in all has been reprinted more than a hundred times. The rendition of Psalm 23 which you can hear below the American Boychoir conducted by Fernando Malvar-Ruiz was given during the  during the 2014 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. I've included the text below the video. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924): When Mary Thro’ the Garden Went

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April 11, 2015

Standford Sketch 150x200 Stanford's wonderful four-part (SATB) motet  'When Mary Thro' the Garden Went' sets a text by Mary E. Coleridge. When I was planning this week's postings I was confident there'd be lots of good live performances of it on YouTube, "that'll larn me" to coin a phrase. There are a few performances of it on YouTube but the only one that I actually liked is the live performance that you can hear below given by Temple University Recital Choir. I hope you'll enjoy hearing it as much as I did.  The text to Coleridge's poem is below the video. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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The Georgia Boy Choir – Magnificat – Collegium Regale

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January 22, 2015

The Georgia Boy Choir singing Magnificat - Collegium Regale, by Herbert Howells. This performance was recorded on June 8, 2012 during the GBC Scandinavian Tour in Copenhagen, Denmark at Church of Our Lady (Copenhagen Cathedral).

Enjoy :-).

mfi

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