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Ola Gjeilo(b. 1978) : Ubi caritas – Schweizer JugendChor; Dominique Tille – YouTube

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June 1, 2013

Ola Gjeilo Captioned 150x183 I've written about Ola Gjeilo's setting of 'Ubi Caritas' before (see: Ola Gjeilo with the CWU Chamber Choir: Ubi Caritas (1st version) | Saturday Chorale ) in the few years since Gjeilo first published it it's become very popular with choirs and deservedly so it's got a beautiful melody that starts by evoking plain chant that evolves almost imperceptibly into a wider and more modern use of harmonics. Even better it's a very accessible piece that can, and has been, easily be mastered by a good secondary school choir. The Schweizer JugendChor (Swiss Youth Choir) performed it on May 18th 2013 during the first lap of the first round of the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2013. You can hear them singing a somewhat shortened version of it below under the direction of their conductor Dominique Tille. Enjoy :-).

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Peter Philips (±1560-1628): Surgens Jesus Dominus

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May 6, 2013

Philips' Easter motet 'Surgens Jesus Dominus' (Christ our Lord rising)  which he published in 1612 inCantiones Sacrae has a wonderful sense of forward movement and of joy. I particularly like how he sets Jesus' words apart from the rest of the moter by using three simple block chords to emphasise them. It's sung below by the Tudor Consort conducted by Peter Walls. Enjoy :-).

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PCSM (Petits Chanteurs de Saint Marc)- Les orphelins – YouTube

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April 24, 2013

The  Petits Chanteurs De Saint Marc performing Les orphelins at their concert given in Tours on April 6th 2013. Enjoy :-)

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): Ego sum panis vivus

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April 23, 2013

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Byrd published 'Ego sum panis vivus' (I am the living bread) in 1607 in the second book of the Gradualia. It's a gentle and optimistic piece of music sung below by the Choir of Winchester Cathedral conducted by David Hill. Enjoy :-).

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Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599): Post Dies Octo

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April 8, 2013

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Like 'Maria Magdalena et altera Maria'  about which I wrote last year  Francisco Guerrero's Easter motet is a narrative motet but oh how different it is in tone, mood, and texture from that motet and from the explosive joy of Guerrero's Easter Mass Missa Congratulamini mihi   about which I also wrote last year. These differences are of course intentional, Guerrero's intent was to follow the narrative of the Gospels for the events of Holy Week and of Easter Week and these motets and the Mass bracket the start of Easter week and its end. This bracketing is the reason for the extreme contrast between Maria Magdalena et altera Maria and Post dies octo.

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