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Sunday 22nd November 2020

St Nicholas' Collegiate Church

Galway.

As part of the Soundscapes Abendmusik series

Presented by Galway 2020 and Music for Galway

In Association with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

Resurgam

The Irish Baroque Orchestra

Peter Whelan, director.

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695), Hail! Bright Cecilia

Rhona Clarke, O Vis Aeternitatis

 

 

This concert, part of Galway 2020 / Music for Galway Abendmusik series, serendipitously falls on the feast day of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians.  Purcell's ode in honour of the Roman martyr sets a test by Irishman Nicholas Brady in which a wide array of msuical instruments are extolled both as human characters and voies of nature itself.  Heaven and earth are brought together , and the "jarring seeds of matter" into agreement, in Purcell's grand choruses and intimate arias and duets. These themes are the inspiration for the programme's "curtain raiser": Rhona Clarke's new setting of Hildegarde's extraordinary O vis eternitatis, a celebration of the divinity of the created order.

Over the Alps

POSTPONED

St Nicholas' Collegiate Church

Galway.

As part of the Soundscapes Abendmusik series

Presented by Galway 2020 and Music for Galway

In Association with the Galway Early Music Festival.

 

 

Resurgam

The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble

Mark Duley, director.

 

 

Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684), Vespers:

Dixit Dominus

Laudete pueri Dominium

Seán Doherty, Hail! Gladdening Light

Laetatus sum

Magnificat

 

In his lifetime, Rosenmüller was considered one of Europe's greatest and most well-travelled musicians, and a key figure in bringing Italian musical ideas to Germany. Thus his music looks both ways across the Alps: grandiloquent Venetian splendour meeting Teutonic contrapuntal discipline.  Resurgam brings the colourful and virutosic beauty of his concerted vocal music to Ireland for the first time, with a collation of Latin psalm-concerti, each a mini-cantata.  The spendidly sonorous C minor Magnificat in eight parts caps a Vespers setting in the grand Venetian style.

 

Sean Doherty's new work, setting an ancient Vesper hymn, forms a contrast in the centre of the programme.

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