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Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623): O Vos Omnes –

July 11, 2012

Thomas Weel­kes' (1576–1623) un­ru­ly and drunk­en be­haviour overshadowed his career as a church musician — which may be why none of his church music was pub­lished dur­ing his li­fetime. Until recently music historians believed that his motet 'Laboravi in gemitu' was the only surviving piece of his in Latin. However in 1989 the American musical scholar came across Weelkes' setting of 'O Vos Omnes'. It's a powerful and very emotional piece of music, I particularly admire how Weelkes contrasts contrapuntal writing with declamation at 'attendite' and his use of close imitation at the end. It's sung marvellously well by the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum in the recording you'll find below the fold . Enjoy :-).


O Vos Omnes

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Escolania de Montserrat: Virgo Veneranda – YouTube

July 10, 2012

Salve Regina "Virgo Veneranda", by Antoni Pérez Moya (1884 - 1964).
Montserrat Abbey, 2012.

Video Source: Escolania de Montserrat: Virgo Veneranda – YouTube Published on Jun 27, 2012 by EscolaniaMontserrat

Giovanni Gabrieli (1557–1612): Jubilate Deo – Dresdner Kreuzchor

July 9, 2012

Gabrielli - 150x235Giovanni Gabrieli’s last and most important post was that of organist at San. Marco, Venice, following his appointment in 1585 he embarked on a prolific composing schedule for the great Venetian festivals of church and state for the first twenty years he had lavish resources available to him, his compositions for «cori spezzati» – multiple choirs spaced apart, date from this period. However in 1605 Doge Grimani died and there were cutbacks in San Marco's musical establishment. I believe that 'Jubilate Deo'  ('O be joyful in the Lord') dates from this second period.The strongest evidence for this lies in the nature of the piece. Gabrieli wrote it for a single choir in style that's clearly influenced by chansons and madrigals. Furthermore it didn't appear in print until after shortly Gabrieli died at which point it was published in no less than three separate collections in Germany. (Gabrieli was far more highly thought of in Germany than he was in Italy).

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Drakensberg Boys’ Choir: King of Kings, Majesty

July 7, 2012

It's been a while since I posted anything by the Drakensberg Boys' Choir, the video below the fold is of their performance last year of 'King of Kings, Majesty' with the solo being sung by J.J. I've put the lyrics below fold also. Enjoy :-).


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Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Veni Domine – YouTube

July 3, 2012

The boys of the Tölzer Knabenchor (Tölz Boys' Choir) directed by Christopher Spallek singing Mendelssohn's 'Veni Domine' at a concert given on June 25th 2012 in the Kurhaus Bad Tölz – it's an excellent live performance which although it won't knock the Esconania de Montserrat's rendition from my list of favourites I nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed. The YouTube video, text, and English translation, are all below the fold. Enjoy :-).


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