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PROGRAM: Sunday, May 6, 2018

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01       My Love is Mine (1997) - Jonathan Dove (British, b. 1959) - 4:09

For un-accompanied voice

Texts: From Song of Songs

Written as a wedding present for a ceremony in a Quaker meeting-house, where of course, no instruments were to hand. It is a setting from The Song of Songs, which is a rare celebration of sexual love in the scriptures, a joyous and touching monody with an occasional melisma.

          
  O stand up, my love, my dove, my beautiful and come.
            Winter is past, and the rain is away and gone.
            The flowers are come up in the field,
            the twisting time is come,
            the vines bear blossoms, and have a sweet scent.

            Up thou north wind, come thou south wind,
            blow upon my garden, that the smell thereof
            may be carried on every side.
            Yea, that my beloved may come into my garden
            and eat of the fruits and apples that grow therein.

            My love is mine and I am his,
            which feedeth among the lilies
            until the day break and the shadows be gone.

            O stand up, my love, my dove my beautiful, and come.
            Out of the caverns of the rocks,
            out of the holes of the wall:
            O let me see thy countenance and hear thy voice,
            For sweet is thy voice and fair thy face.

            My love is mine and I am his,
            which feedeth among the lilies
            until the day break and the shadows be gone.


Performer: Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano

CD: Nights Not Spent Alone: Complete Works for Mezzo-Soprano by Jonathan Dove - Champs Hill Records 2016

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FIVE AM’ROUS SIGHS (1997) - Jonathan Dove (British, b. 1959)

Song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano

Texts: 18thcentury poems by Mary Wortley Montague and Matthew Prior

Composer notes: These 18thcentury poems by Mary Wortley Montague and Matthew Prior. Lady Montague  was famed for her embassy letters from Ottoman Turkey (she was the wife of the British Ambassador there) and for introducing smallpox inoculation to Britain, though she was a prolific essayist and poet as well. Her contemporary, Matthew Prior  sat in parliament as a commissioner of trade, and was a noted diplomat, though later impeached by Robert Walpole and imprisoned.

02       I.  Between Your Sheets - 2:49

           
 Between your sheets you soundly sleep
            Nor dream of Vigils that we Lovers keep
            While all the night, I waking sigh your name,
            The tender sound does every nerve inflame,
            Imagination shows me all your charms,
            The plenteous silken hair, and waxen Arms,
            The well turn’d neck, and snowy rising breast
            And all the beauties that supinely rest
            between your sheets.

            Ah Lindamira, could you see my Heart,
            How fond, how true, how free from fraudfull Art,
            The warmest glances poorly doe explain
            The eager wish, the melting throbbing pain
            Which through my very blood and soul I feel,
            Which you cannot believe nor I reveal,
            Which every metaphor must render less
            And yet (methinks) which I could well express
            between your sheets.


            Lady Mary Wortley Montague

03       II.  Finish - 1:04

           
 Finish, these Langours make me sick,
            Of dying airs I know the Trick,
            Long since I’ve learnt to well explain
            Th’unmeaning Cant of Fire and pain
            And see through all the senseless Lyes
            Of burning darts from killing Eyes,
            I’m tir’d with this continual Rout
            Of bowing low and leading out, 
            Finish.

            Finish this tedious dangling Trade
            By which so many Fools are made,
            For Fools they are, who you can please
            With such affected arts as these.
            At Operas to stand
            And slyly press the given hand,
            Thus you may wait my whole years in vain
            But sure you would, were you in pain,
            Finish.

            Lady Mary Wortley Montague

04       III. My Heart Still Hovering - 1:20

          
  My heart still hovering round about you,
            I thought I could not live without you.
            Now we have lived three months asunder
            How I lived with you is the wonder.


            Matthew Prior

05       IV. All These Dismal Looks - 1:47

         
   All these dismal looks and fretting
            Cannot Damon’s life restore,
            Long ago the Worms have eat him,
            You can never see him more.

            Once again consult your Toilet,
            In the Glass your face review,
            So much weeping soon will spoil it
            And no Spring your Charms renew.

            I like you was born a Woman –
            Well I know what vapours mean,
            The Disease alas! is common,
            Single we have all the Spleen.

            All the Morals that they tell us
            Never cured Sorrow yet,
            Chuse among the pretty Fellows
            One of humour, Youth, and Wit.

            Prithee hear him every Morning
            At least an hour or two,
            Once again at Nights returning,
            – I believe the Dose will do.


            Lady Mary Wortley Montague

06       V.  Venus - 1:02

       
     Venus, take my votive glass;
            Since I am not what I was,
            What from this day I shall be
            Venus, let me never see.

            Matthew Prior

Performers: Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Simon Lepper, piano

CD: Nights Not Spent Alone: Complete Works for Mezzo-Soprano by Jonathan Dove - Champs Hill Records 2016

CD booklet: http://www.champshillrecords.co.uk/cddetail.php?cat_number=CHRCD125

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THE PASSING OF THE YEAR (2000) - Jonathan Dove (British composer, b. 19159)

Song Cycle for Double Chorus (SSAATTBB) and Piano

Texts: Poems by William Blake, Emily Dickinson, George Peele, Thomas Nash, Alfred Lord Tennyson

08       I.   Invocation - 1:19


         
   O Earth, O Earth, return!

            William Blake (1757-1827; UK)

09       II.  The narrow bud opens its beauties to the sun - 2:50

         
   The narrow bud opens her beauties to
            The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
            Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
            Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
            Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
            And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.
            The spirits of the air live in the smells
            Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
            The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.

            William Blake (1757-1827; UK)

        
    Sumer is icumen in
            Lhude sing cuccu


10       III.  Answer July - 2:00

            
Answer July –
            Where is the Bee –
            Where is the Blush –
            Where is the Hay?
            Ah, said July –
            Where is the Seed –
            Where is the Bud –
            Where is the May –
            Answer Thee – Me –

            Nay – said the May –
            Show me the Snow –
            Show me the Bells–
            Show me the Jay!

            Quibbled the Jay –
            Where be the Maize –
            Where be the Haze –
            Where be the Bur?
            Here – said the Year –

            Emily Dickinson (1830-1866, USA)

11       IV.  Hot sun, cool fire - 2:51

            
Hot sun, cool fire, tempered with sweet air,
            Black shade, fair nurse, shadow my white hair;
            Shine, sun; burn, fire; breathe, air, and ease me;
            Black shade, fair nurse, shroud me and please me:
            Shadow, my sweet nurse, keep me from burning,
            Make not my glad cause, cause of [my] mourning.

            Let not my beauty’s fire
            Inflame unstaid desire,
            Nor pierce any bright eye
            That wandereth lightly.

            George Peele (1556–1596; UK)

12       V.  Ah, Sun-flower! - 2:07

          
  Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
            Who countest the steps of the Sun,
            Seeking after that sweet golden clime
            Where the traveller’s journey is done;

            Where the Youth pined away with desire,
            And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow,
            Arise from their graves and aspire,
            Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.


            William Blake

13       VI. Adieu! Farewell earth’s bliss! - 5:27

        
    Adieu, farewell earth’s bliss,
            This world uncertain is;
            Fond are life’s lustful joys,
            Death proves them all but toys,
            None from his darts can fly:
            I am sick, I must die.
                        Lord, have mercy on us!

            Rich men, trust not in wealth,
            Gold cannot buy you health;
            Physic himself must fade;
            All things to end are made;
            The plague full swift goes by:
            I am sick, I must die.
                        Lord, have mercy on us!

            Beauty is but a flower
            Which wrinkles will devour;
            Brightness falls from the air,
            Queens have died young and fair,
            Dust hath closed Helen’s eye:
            I am sick, I must die.
                        Lord, have mercy on us!


            Thomas Nashe (1567–1601; UK)

14       VII. Ring out, wild bells - 4:39

   
         Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
            The flying cloud, the frosty light:
            The year is dying in the night;
            Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

            Ring out the old, ring in the new,
            Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
            The year is going, let him go;
            Ring out the false, ring in the true.

            Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
            For those that here we see no more;
            Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
            Ring in redress to all mankind.

            Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
            The faithless coldness of the times;
            Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
            But ring the fuller minstrel in.

            Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
            Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
            Ring out the thousand wars of old,
            Ring in the thousand years of peace.


            Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809–1892; UK)

Performer: Voces8

CD: Recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios of Beatles fame, recorded in the same room as the Beatles on John Lennon's piano - Equinox - VCM Records 2018

Texts: https://www.naxos.com/sharedfiles/PDF/8.572733_sungtext.pdf#

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CARMINA BURANA(Chamber Version)- complete title: Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis (Songs of Beuern: for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magical images) - scenic cantata - Carl Orff (German composer; 1895-1982)

Part of TRIONFI TRIOLOGY, a musical triptych of cantatas by Orff that also includes Catulli Carmina (Songs of Catullus) and Trionfo di Afrodite (Triumph of Aphrodite).

Originally scored for a large orchestra (three flutes - second and third doubling first and second piccolos, three oboes - third being English horn, three clarinets in B-flat and A - third doubling piccolo clarinet in E-flat, second doubling bass clarinet, two bassoons, one contrabassoon; four horns in F, three trumpets in B-flat and C, two trombones, one bass trombone, one tuba; a percussion section with 5 timpani, two snare drums, bass drum, triangle, cymbals, suspended cymbal, antique cymbals, ratchet, castanets, tambourine, sleigh bells, tam-tam, tubular bells, three bells, three glockenspiels, gong, xylophone; two pianos, one celesta; strings; two SATB mixed choirs - one large and one small, although a subset of the large chorus may be used for the small chorus; boys' choir; three majors soloists - soprano, tenor, and baritone; and several shorter solos for three tenors, baritone and two basses.

A later, reduced version for STB soloists, SATB mixed choir, children's choir, two pianos and six percussionists (timpani + 5 other players) was producedby Orff's disciple Wilhelm Killmayer in 1956 - a version Orff authorizedto allow smaller ensembles the opportunity to perform the piece. 

Text:Based on 24 poems selected from the medieval collection Carmina Burana (Songs of Beuern)- a collection of 254 secular Latin poems and dramatic textsdiscovered in 1803 at the Benedictine monastery in Beuern. The poems by goliards, the varied group of wandering scholars, students, clerics, poets, and performers who flourished of the 10th through 13th centuries- mostly in secular Latin verse, with a small number in Middle High German, Old Provençal, and Old French. The text selections cover a wide range of topics: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling, and lust.

FORTUNA IMPERATRIX MUNDI (Fortune, Empress of the World) - 5:22

01       1. O Fortuna (O Fortune, Like the moon You are changeable,
            ever waxing and waning.) - 2:33
02       2. Fortune plango vulnera (I bemoan the wounds of Fortune
            with weeping eyes, for the gifts she made me she perversely takes      
            away.) - 2:49

I. PRIMO VERE (SPRING) - 9:21

03       3. Veris leta facies (The merry face of spring) - 4:16
04       4. Omnia sol temperat (The sun warms everything) - 2:30
05       5. Ecce gratum (Behold, the pleasant spring) - 2:35

II. UF DEM ANGER (On the Lawn) - 13:28

06       6. Tanz (Dance) - 1:43
07       7. Floret silva nobilis (The woods are burgeoning) - 3:09
08       8. Chramer, gip die varwe mir (Shopkeeper, give me color) - 3:22
09       9. Reie (Round dance) - 4:17
10       10. Were diu werlt alle min (Were all the world were mine) - 0:50

IN TABERNA (In the tavern) - 11:09

11       11. Estuans interius (Burning Inside) - 2:39
12       12. Olim lacus colueram (Once I had dwelt on lakes) Cignus ustus cantat??            - 3:24 
13       13. Ego sum abbas (I am the abbot) - 1:54
14       14. In taberna quando sumus (When we are in the tavern) - 3:12

III. COUR D'AMOURS (The Court of Love) - 16:59

15       15. Amor volat undique (Cupid flies everywhere) - 3:13
16       16. Dies, nox et omnia (Day, night, and everything) - 2:25
17       17. Stetit puella (A girl stood in a red tunic) - 2:03
18       18. Circa mea pectora (In my heart) - 2:01
19       19. Si puer cum puellula (If a boy with a girl) - 1:05
20       20. Veni, veni, venias (Come, come, O come) - 0:53
21       21. In trutina (In the balance) - 2:12
22       22. Tempus es iocundum (This is the joyful time) - 2:24
23       23. Dulcissime (Sweetest boy) - 0:43

Blanziflor Et Helena (BLANCHEFLEUR AND HELEN)

24       24. Ave formosissima (Hail, most beautiful one) - 1:52
25       25. O Fortuna (O Fortune) - 2:32

Performers: Lena Nordin, soprano; Hans Dornbusch, tenor; Peter Mattei, baritone; Allmänna Sången choir; the Children's Choir from the Uppsala Choir School; Roland Pöntinen and Love Derwinger, piano; and the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble; Cecilia Rydinger Alin, conductor

CD: Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (Chamber Version) - BIS 2009


CD booklet: https://www.chandos.net/chanimages/Booklets/BI0734.pdf

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01       The Wild Mountain Thyme - also known as "Purple Heather" or "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?", a

           Scottish folk song written by the Irishman, Francis McPeake/Arr. Sean Dagher - 3:47

08       Matt Highland - Traditional Irish folk song/Arr. Sean Dagher - 5:21 

Performer: (American) Michael Slattery, tenor; The Skye Consort

CD: The Irish Heart: Traditional Songs of Ireland - (2005)

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