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Hats!

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January 21, 2015

In which the boys of the Choral school for boys DUBNA sing to us most enjoyably of hats. My first earwig of the year. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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The St. Philips Boy’s Choir (Libera) – Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord

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January 3, 2015

Before they were known as Libera the boys of the St. Philips Boys Choir were called "Angel Voices" and Libera to this day is a subset of the St. Philips Boys Choir. As the St. Philips Boys Choir they recorded several albums amongst the pieces they recorded was David Evans' hymn "Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord" the soloists were Oliver Putland and Daren Geraghty. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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American Boychoir School Training Choir Christmas Concert at Christ Church

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December 20, 2014

The American Boychoir runs a School Training Choir where boys learn how to sing choral music to the remarkably high standards of the ABC. As part of that training they give public concerts – this one is their Christmas Concert given on December 2nd, 2012 at Christ Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As you might expect it features superb singing and is most enjoyable.

mfi

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Gregor Aichinger (±1565 – 21 January 1628): Ave, Regina Caelorum

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December 5, 2014

Ave Regina cælorum (Hail Queen of Heaven) is a Marian antiphon, which together with its following versicles and prayers, is traditionally appointed to be said or sung during the Liturgy of the Hours. It's particularly associated  with Compline, the final canonical hour of prayer before going to sleep. It dates from at least the twelfth century and may well be older, nobody really knows. It's probably of monastic origin and as with many such pieces the identity of the text's author is unknown, some people have suggested that Herman Contractus could be the author but I've never seen anyone adduce any evidence to that effect. The basis of the suggestion seems to be "well he wrote Marian antiphons didn't he?" to which I can only reply "ummmmm well yes he did but you need to produce some sort of evidence that he wrote this one". Irrespective of who wrote it it became particularly popular during the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance as a result of the widespread devotion to Our Lady of those times. The great Marian Antiphons and such beautiful folk Christmas Carols as "Maria Durch Ein Gingwald Ging" all spring from this period and its outpouring of love and veneration for Christ's mother.

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Escolania de Montserrat: El Rossinyol (Washington Concert)

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December 2, 2014

El Rossinyol is a lovely old Catalan folk-song in which a bride laments her marriage to a shepherd and asks the Nightingale to send her love to her mother but not her father who married her off. It's sung below by the boys of the always superb Escolania de Montserrat. The soloist was Eduard Boadas and the concert was given at Strathmore Music Centre (Maryland - USA) on March 16th 2014 as part of the Escolania's 2014 USA tour. This video has very kindly been made available by Montserrat Gorina-Ysern. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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