NOTES ON THE PROGRAM
All medieval music is glimpsed from a great distance, but no repertory is so hard to see as that of England in the middle ages. Where France had a tradition of lyric song that lasted long enough for thousands of songs to be enshrined in manuscripts, the music we have from England of the same period is scattered and faint: much was destroyed when the monasteries were taken over by the state in the Renaissance, and much more has suffered from the ravages of time. What has come down to us, though, speaks in astonishingly vivid voices.
Mirie it is c.1225
Instrumental traditional Scottish tune
Edi beo þu hevene queenë pre-1300
Ave celi regina virginum 14th century
Ave mundi rosa
Estampie from Robertsbridge Codex c.1360
Ar ne kuth ich sorghe non c.1270
Fuwëles in the frith c.1270
Man mei longe him liues wene pre-1250
Bryd one brere c.1300
Solaris ardor romulis mid-14th century
The hymns by St. Godric c.1215
Criƒt and ƒainte Marie
Sainte Marie virgine
Worldes bliƒƒ, have god day c.1280
Virgo salvavit 14th century
Stand wel moðer under rode (dialogue) early and mid-14th century
English dance arr. Kammen/Mealy
On Yooles night (carol) mid-14th century
Stantipes (14th century dance tunes) arr. Mealy/Kammen
In secreit place—text by William Dunbar, arr. Kammen
Of all the holidays in our western culture, Christmas, more than any other, transcends its religious origins and implications. It has become for almost all of us a time to celebrate; an opportunity to rejoice. Thus it is not surprising that Christmas is the inspiration for an unequalled wealth of musical composition, both vocal and instrumental, secular and non-secular. This body of literature spans all periods of musical history, from the Middle Ages to the present. The “spirit” of Christmas has become such a part of our lives, that the month of December sees easily twice as many concerts as any other month of the year, for the inherent festive quality of music-making has become synonymous with celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is in this “spirit” that we offer “IN DULCI JUBILO”, a concert of vocal and instrumental works from the 16th to 18th-centuries, some with obvious references to the Holiday, others with less direct connections, and one work (Concerto in D major) by Vivaldi , that has nothing at all to do with Christmas and with which we open our program.
AULOS ENSEMBLE, with JULIANE BAIRD, SOPRANO
7:30 pm, Tues., Dec.. 11, 2007
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue
In Dulci Jubilo
Concerto in D major, RV 94 Antonio Vivaldi
"In Dulci Jubilo"
"Shepherds Shake off your drousy Sleep"