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The Sixteen - The Choral Pilgrimage 2014

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Tuesday 27th May 2014

St John's Kirk of Perth, 19:30

This event was part of the 2014 Festival Programme.

Finish time 21.20

Inspiring music in glorious buildings
The Voice of the Turtle Dove

For its 14th Choral Pilgrimage The Sixteen and Harry Christophers revisit the golden age of Renaissance polyphony with a stunning programme of music by English composers John Sheppard, Richard Davy and William Mundy.

John Sheppard (c.1515 - 1558)   Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria
William Mundy (c.1529 - 1591)   Adolescentulus sum ego
Richard Davy (c.1465 - 1507)  O Domine caeli terraeque
Sheppard                                Libera nos I and II
Sheppard                                In manus tuas I
Davy                                        Ah, mine heart, remember thee well
Sheppard                                In manus tuas III
Mundy                                     Vox patris caelestis

‘For this year’s tour, I have returned to our grass roots to focus on the music of three exceptional Tudor composers. I am delighted to revisit a work we last performed at our first-ever concert and I recall the amazing review we had for it - “not only was the sound of the choir a revelation but so too was the music”. The critic was referring to William Mundy’s monumental work Vox patris caelestis, the text of which comes from the Song of Songs. It is full of pictorial imagery with such phrases as “Arise, my dove, my fair one” and “the voice of the turtle dove” to revel in.
Mundy is very much the youngest of our composers; he died in 1591 whilst John Sheppard only just managed to see in Queen Elizabeth I by a month or so. His setting of the “Inviolata” prose, Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria is simply glorious and is only bettered by one of the gems of Tudor music, Libera nos. I cannot think of a more sublime piece. However the most extraordinary music of all comes from the earliest of our trio, Richard Davy. He died in 1507 and the fact that his music survived the reformation is nothing short of a miracle. His remarkable work O Domine caeli terraeque was, according to the Eton Copyist, written in just one day at Magdalen College, Oxford. Each one of these works is a real gem just waiting to be discovered by a wider audience. This music is part of our great heritage and I look forward to you joining us on this pilgrimage of discovery.’ 

Supported by The Dunard Fund



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