Some of you have asked me what the repertoire will be while I am at Oxford. Please read below! Some of this music will be familiar to you!
Handel - For unto us a child is born from MESSIAH
Palestrina - Magnificat Quarti toni
Palestrina - Gloria from Missa Papae Marcelli
Josquin - Gaude Virgo
Faure - Requiem
Martin - Agnus Dei from Requiem
Poulenc - Tristis est anima
Poulenc - Quem vidistis pastores (from Christmas motets)
Melgas - Salve Regina
Byrd - Ave verum corpus
Britten - Flower Songs: No.1 & 2 (To Daffodils & The Succession of Four Sweet Months) <CLICK HERE> for a gorgeous recording link.
Anerio - Magnificat a8 -
Howells - Salve Regina
Finzi - Seven Poems of Robert Bridges: No.1 & 3 (I Praise the Tender Flower & My Spirit Sang All Day)
Rose - Responses
The 1st YouTube Video below is about Allegri's Miserere. Harry Christophers (the amazing conductor of The Sixteen) discusses its historical significance and evolution. The 2nd YouTube Video is of the entire piece with the music scrolling so you can follow along. This is The Sixteen performing the piece. The piece's full name "Miserere mei, Deus" (Latin: "Have mercy on me, O God") is by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri. This is a setting of Psalm 51 (50) composed during the reign of Pope Urban VIII, probably during the 1630s, for use in the Sistine Chapel during matins, as part of the exclusive Tenebrae service on Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week. The service would start usually around 3AM, and during the ritual, candles would be extinguished, one by one, until one remained alight and hidden. Allegri composed his setting of the Miserere for the final act within the first lesson of the Tenebrae service. Some of you may recognize this piece from the King's College Choir April Fools Prank video I showed you last year. Just in case you forgot about the video, I posted it too as the 3rd YouTube Video of this blog post.
I have been invited to Oxford University, Magdalen College to study the art of choral music with Harry Christophers, Eamonn Dougan, and the Genesis Sixteen Program. I will be in the United Kingdom from August 23 until September 1. Don't worry students, I'll be in school on Tuesday, September 2nd ready to go!