Program Spring 2014

Fall 2014, rehearsals start on Tuesday September 9th ! – Nous commençons à répéter dès le 9 septembre 2014, soyez-y!

Le répertoire de l’automne 2014 est composé d’oeuvres de compositeurs contemporains, soigneusement sélectionnées autour du thème “Voices of Light, Voices of Love”.

Howard Helvey – O Lux Beatissima

A delicate work, beautiful and still as an absolutely white and pure light.

Watch O Lux Beatissima on Youtube. Sung by the Chancel Choir; Scott Dean, dir.

About the work

Le texte extrait de la séquence Veni Sancte Spiritus (la séquence dorée) tirée de la Messe catholique romaine. Cette séquence est chantée lors de la fête de la Pentecôte. Veni Sancte Spiritus est l’une des quatre hymnes médiévales conservées dans le Missel Romain à l’issu du Concile de Trente (1545-63).

It has been set to music by a number of composers, especially during the Renaissance, including Dufay, Josquin, Willaert, Palestrina, Lassus and others. Later composers who have set the text include Morten Lauridsen.

Piano tracks


Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

Translation

O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.
O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.
Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.
Without your grace,
there is nothing in us,
nothing that is not harmful.

 

Howard Goodall – Eternal Light : A Requiem

Une oeuvre majestueuse, forte et raffinée à la fois pour laquelle nous aurons besoin d’une soliste ou d’un groupe-soliste soprano.

Composer presenting his work

1. Requiem – Kyrie Watch Kyrie on Youtube. Chanté par Vocalys; Raymond Perrin, chef.

4- Hymn – Lead, Kindly Light

8- Revelation II

About the work

Talking about composing the work, Howard said – “Most requiems are based, one way or another, on the medieval church’s Mass for the Dead, which is made up of a series of sections (‘movements’) beginning with the ‘Kyrie Eleison’ (Greek meaning Lord have mercy) and ending with ‘In Paradisum’ (Into paradise). Although the traditional requiem text calls for ‘eternal peace, rest and light’ for those who have died, it also emphasises judgement and everlasting damnation for anyone who transgresses the Roman Catholic Church’s code of behaviour, as seen from the perspective of the Middle Ages. I did not feel at ease with this approach to the appalling pain of loss and grief, so in an attempt to provide some solace for the living that mourn, I stripped down the old Latin texts to a few phrases in each movement and laid beside them words from English poems from across the last 500 years.

The movements are arranged like this:

  1. Requiem aeternam (everlasting peace) – Kyrie Eleison – ‘Close now thine eyes and rest secure, thy soul is safe enough, thy body sure’
  2. Revelation I: a passage from the Bible depicting the end of the world (Apocalypse)
  3. Litany: Belief. ‘I have to believe that you still exist somewhere, That you still watch me Sometimes, That you still love me Somehow. I have to believe That life has meaning Somehow, That I am useful here Sometimes, That I make small differences Somewhere. I have to believe That I need to stay here For some time, That all this teaches me Something, So that I can meet you again Somewhere.
  4. Hymn: ‘Lead, kindly light amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on…’
  5. Lacrymosa (Tears): ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep…’
  6. Dies Irae (That terrible day): In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses row on row…’
  7. Recordare (Remember us, sweet Jesus): ‘Drop, drop, slow tears..’
  8. Revelation II
  9. Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)
  10. In Paradisum – Lux Aeterna (In paradise, eternal light & everlasting peace).

Extra infos

You can read about the work on H. Goodall website.

Text

Eternal Light : A Requiem.pdf

Midi tracks – Sop.

Voice with metronome, piano/organ Emphasised voice and other voices All voices
1. Requiem: Kyrie
4. Hymn
8. Revelation

Midi tracks – Alto

Voice with metronome, piano/organ Emphasised voice and other voices All voices
1. Requiem: Kyrie
4. Hymn
8. Revelation

Midi tracks – Ten.

Voice with metronome, piano/organ Emphasised voice and other voices All voices
1. Requiem: Kyrie
4. Hymn
8. Revelation

Midi tracks – Bass

Voice with metronome, piano/organ Emphasised voice and other voices All voices
1. Requiem: Kyrie
4. Hymn
8. Revelation

 

Eric Whitacre – Five Hebrew Love Songs

Five poems set to music by Whitacre during a trip to Germany, on texts written by his wife, as five brief “postcards”. I would especially like to work on the 2nd very lively one : Kala Kalla, a duet between men and women.

2. Kala Kalla

Whole work with synchronized score

About the work

Whitacre says : “Each of the songs captures a moment that Hila and I shared together. Kala Kalla (which means ‘light bride’) was a pun I came up with while she was first teaching me Hebrew. The bells at the beginning of Eyze Sheleg are the exact pitches that awakened us each morning in Germany as they rang from a nearby cathedral. These songs are profoundly personal for me, born entirely out of my new love for this soprano, poet, and now my beautiful wife, Hila Plitmann.”

Text of the 5 poems

1. Temuna (A Picture)

A picture is engraved in my heart;
Moving between light and darkness:
A sort of silence envelopes your body,
And your hair falls upon your face just so.

2. Kala Kalla (Light Bride)

Light bride
She is all mine,
And lightly
She will kiss me!

3. Larov (Mostly)

“Mostly,” said the roof to the sky,
“the distance between you and I is endlessness;
But a while ago two came up here,
And only one centimeter was left between us.”

4. Eyze Shelleg! (What Snow!)

What snow!
Like little dreams
Falling from the sky.

5. Rakut (Tenderness)

He was full of tenderness;
She was very hard.
And as much as she tried to stay thus,
Simply, and with no good reason,
He took her into himself,
And set her down
In the softest, softest place.

Hila Plitmann

Morten Lauridsen – Les chansons des roses

Lauridsen is a living american composer who’s music is moving.  Sa musique est comme la mer : parfois calmement berçante, parfois comme une vague déferlante, majestueuse et mouvante.

We’ll sing a few mouvements from this serie, and who knows, maybe one movement will be sung by women only!

5.Dirait-on

Negro Spiritual – This Little Light of Mine

Pour finir en beauté, un incontournable gospel. Attention au ver d’oreille!

 

 Lors d’une saison future à Coro Vivo

Pierre Mercure – Cantate pour une joie

Une oeuvre audacieuse qui a propulsé le Québec dans la modernité, juste avant la révolution tranquille.

1. Écoutez : Les lions jaunes audio, chanté par le choeur enharmonique de Montréal

2. The composer talking about his work : Pierre mercure audio.

 

 

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