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Zephyrus Concerts From the 2009-2010 Season

Christmas Music Of the Baroque

Saturday, December 12, 2009
8:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
120 West High Street
Charlottesville, Virginia

Sunday, December 13, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
7599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike (Rt. 250 West)
Greenwood, Virginia

This concert will survey Christmas music from the Baroque era. Apart from the well known oratorios by Handel and J. S. Bach, American concert audiences are largely unfamiliar with Christmas music from this era.  It deserves to be much better known. 

Among the most notable pieces are two by Alessandro Scarlatti, the great Italian contemporary and colleague of Handel: a setting of the familiar Christmas text O magnum mysterium for eight-part unaccompanied chorus and the Credo from his Missa per il Santissimo Natale, a Mass for Christmas Day, only recently available in modern edition. We will also sing works by Heinrich Schütz, Orlando Gibbons, J. P. Sweelinck, Johann Rosenmüller, and Hieronymus Praetorius. 

Zephyrus will be joined by Baroque string players David Sariti and Loren Ludwig from the University of Virginia.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors), available in advance from the New Dominion Bookstore downtown, Greenberry’s Barracks Road, Mincer’s at the Corner, and at the door.

I. The Early Baroque
Hodie Christus natus est (1619) Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Angelus ad pastores ait (1622)  Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
Hodie nobis de caelo (1610) Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630)
Cantate Domino (1624) Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665)
Behold, I Bring You Glad Tidings Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Magnificat 5. Toni cum canticis Ecclesiasticis (1622)  Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629)

II. Chorales and Carols
Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ (1620)  Samuel Scheidt
Wir Christenleut (Cantional I, 1627/45)  Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630)
The Angels’ Song (1623) Gibbons
O Jesulein süß! O Jesulein mild! (Schemelli Liederbuch, 1736) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Cantata 140) J. S. Bach

III. The Mature Baroque
Lieber Herre Gott (1648)   Johann Rosenmüller (d. 1684)
Ein Kind ist uns geboren (1648) Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Pastores, dicite (1672)  Christian Geist (d. 1711)
O magnum mysterium  Alessandro Scarlatti (1592-1665)
Missa per il Santissimo Natale: Credo  Alessandro Scarlatti

Music of Josquin des Prez

Sunday, March 21, 2010
3:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Memorial Church
1700 University Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia

Zephyrus will offer a program of music by Josquin des Prez. The program will focus on both sacred and secular works for five and six voices, mostly composed during the final two decades of the composer’s life and his crowning achievement. Among the pieces are the beautiful Marian motets Ave nobilissima creatura and Benedicta es caelorum regina, the clever Petite Camusette and ever-popular Faulte d’argent, and the dark brooding De profundis and Pater noster/Ave Maria. If you are fond of Josquin’s Praeter rerum seriem, recorded on our Nativity CD, you will love this concert.


I. Marian Motets
Inviolata, integra et casta es
Benedicta es, caelorum regina
Stabat mater dolorosa
Virgo salutiferi
Praeter rerum seriem

II. Chansons
Plusiers regretz
Petite Camusette
Faulte d’argent
Pleine de dueil

III. Motets for the End of Life
Absolve, quaesumus, Domine
De profundis clamavi
Pater noster / Ave Maria

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors), available in advance from the New Dominion Bookstore downtown, Greenberry’s Barracks Road, Mincer’s at the Corner, and at the door.


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