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Deus meus adiuva me – Palestrina Choir Dublin – Live – The text of this very ancient Irish hymn was written by Máel Ísu Ua Brolcháin an eleventh century Irish monk. It’s macaronic – the first and last lines are in Latin and these one repeated line in Irish. It’s a beautiful hymn with a chant based melody sung here by the Gentlemen and Choristers of the Palestrina Choir, Dublin.- saturdaychorale

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The Marian antiphon Salve Regina sung here by the Hilliard Ensemble’s counter-tenor David James. This performance, the performance by Henry’s Eight about which I wrote on November 26, 2013, and the performance by the child choristers of Salisbury Cathedral about which I wrote on July 15, 2013 are three performances of it as chant that I return to again and again.

There are many settings of it that I love and admire such as the stunningly beautiful setting by Mangon or De Victoria’s or Byrd’s settings but again and again I come back to the Chant in all its hauntingly beauty.- saturdaychorale

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Although much of his life and music are now sunk in obscurity his contemporaries greatly admired this Southern Netherlands composer. He spent the last six years of his life as the sangmeester of the Confraternity of Our Lady in ’s-Hertogenbosch and it’s known that the chapter of St Donatian, Bruges made at least one attempt to persuade him to take up the post of maître de chapelle in succession to Antonius Divitis. Nearly thirty years after his death Othmar Luscinius, writing in 1536 praised his setting of Tota pulchra es the antiphon for the psalms of Second Vespers for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Lusinius considered that Craen’s setting proved that he had „moved beyond even the ancient laws“ and his skill in ‚composing harmonies‘ was so great that he was an exemplar for all aspiring composers of his day.


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This setting of the Salve by Gombert dates from 1539 when it was published in a book of four-part motets. In it Gombert takes the chant as his cantus firmus but instead of having one voice sing the cantus he uses the chant’s melody as a source of inspiration for the imitation points that you can hear in all the voices. This was a very new technique and marks the move from using cantus firmus to paraphrasing the melody pioneered by Gombert and other immediately post-Josquin composers. Enjoy :-). mfi

Performers: The Hilliard Ensemble conducted by Paul Hillier

Nicolas Gombert (±1495-±1560): Salve Regina a 4 voci


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Door op een datum te klikken, krijgt u de programma-informatie van die dag te zien. De gegevens staan meestal 2 weken vooraf online. Ook lastminutewijzigingen vindt u hier.

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Charpentier wrote his Messe de minuit pour Noël (Mass for the First Mass of Christmas|Christmas Midnight Mass) sometime in the early 1690s. It was written for Christmas midnight Mass in the main Jesuit church in Paris and combines traditional French carols with Italianate contrapuntal writing…

It’s a charming and cheerful piece of music – surprisingly relaxing, that’s characterised by alternation between the soloists and the choir and some very subtle instrumental accompaniment. Enjoy :-).- saturdaychorale.com


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I have very happy memories of Aled Jones‘ singing as a treble during the 1980s. He’s developed into a rather pleasant tenor and is perhaps best known now as a BBC presenter. I wore out my video tape of „Carols For Christmas“ featuring Aled Jones and was delighted to find it on YouTube. I’m off for a trip down memory lane. Enjoy 🙂 saturdaychorale.com/

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Presumably because of the hymn Veni, veni, Immanuel, many people assume that O‘ Emmanuel is the first antiphon but it is in fact the seventh and final ‚O‘ antiphon. ‚O Emmanuel‘ which is sung on December 23rdis based upon Isaiah 7:14.- saturdaychorale.com/

Emmanuel can be translated as „I shall soon be with you“ and the idea in the antiphon is „you who will soon be with us, our king and saviour, come and save us“. Enjoy :-).

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Medieval clergy were well aware that the days of Advent are the shortest and darkest of the year and that from Christmas on the days would start to become longer and brighter. Being well aware of the power of a good metaphor they drew the parallel between the longer and brighter days with the idea of Christ’s light coming and abolishing the darkness of sin and of death and preached accordingly. Enjoy 🙂 saturdaychorale.com/

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