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Thomas A. Walmisley (1814–1856): Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis – Kampen Boys Choir – YouTube

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September 22, 2014

Walmisley's early display of musical talent led his organist father to send him to Thomas Attwood for lessons in composition. Aged sixteen he was appointed organist of Croydon Parish Church where he came to the notice of Thomas Miller who sponsored him to the combined organistships of Trinity and St John's Colleges, Cambridge. His progress was  astoundingly rapid Walmisley was appointed to the chair of music, while still an undergraduate aged only 22 years old. In 1838 he took the BA degree and became a full member of Trinity College. He took the MA in 1841 and in 1848 presented himself for the degree of MusD. He was something of a musical pioneer who prophesied that Bach's music would be recognised as the supreme accomplishment of a musical genius long before Bach's music was well-known in England. By all accounts he was a brilliant organist and choir trainer under whose guidance the joint choir of Trinity and St John's became known as one of the best in England.  Together with S.S Wesley he was responsible for undoing the effect of generations of neblect upon the standard of British Cathedral music. Unfortunately he was prone to depression from which he sought relief in wine his death at the relatively young age of forty was probably caused by alcoholism. Much of his music is now lost but that which survives is well worth listening particularly when sung by a talented choir such as the invariably excellent Kampen Boys Choir. Enjoy :-).

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Drakensberg Boys Choir – Mozart Requiem – YouTube

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September 13, 2014

I. Introitus: Requiem Aeternam
II. Kyrie eleison

What makes the Drakensberg Boys Choir so unique is the fact that they use boy tenors and bass as opposed to adult males and they sound incredible in this piece.

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Sunday Concert: American Boychoir Experience concert at Princeton Center for Arts & Education 2012 – YouTube

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September 7, 2014

The American Boychoir Experience is a programme in which boys from eight to twelve years old who might be interested in singing choral music with the choir get to experience one week in the life of an American Boychoir student without the academic classes. The week is a fully professional experience in choral training that includes music theory classes and a public performance as well as a Tour Bus event and some fun and games. The video is a little bit jerky but the singing definitely isn't. The American Boychoir are a stunningly good choir. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Leo Delibes (1836–1891): Messe Brève (Missa Brevis) – Escolania del Escorial

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September 5, 2014

Most people when they think of Delibes think either his operas - Lakme with it's renowned flower duet and bell song being the most famous, and perhaps also his choruses, and well ... ... ... that's it. But in fact that's not it, or not entirely it, he also wrote some religious music including this setting of the Mass. It's beautiful and as a piece of music its quality speaks for itself. In fact I've never understood why recordings of it are so hard to get.

You can hear the influence of Delibes' love of music for the theatre in the dramatic and lively Kyrie and Gloria but it's his Sanctus which is downright angelic, the hushed and serene O Salutaris, and the reverential Agnus Dei which really make this Mass special. It's a lovely piece that lives up to its name - it really is short around fifteen minutes with lovely flowing lines and a gentle lyricism that's fairly easily attainable by most choirs. All of this makes it a fairly popular part of the choral repertoire - there are some very nice performances here on YouTube, but for some strange reason there are very few recordings of the Mass in its entirety available commercially. Enjoy :-).
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Nisi Dominus & Sicut sagittaelis – Roden Boys Choir – YouTube

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September 4, 2014

Something a little different this week from my normal postings in this series dealing with Vivaldi's sacred music. One of the YouTube channels I keep an eye on is treblechoir99 so when I saw that he'd posted these two delightful performances I decided that they were too good not to share. Enjoy :-)

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