Tenth Birthday Concert: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks
Blue Heron Renaissance Choir
Blue Heron Renaissance Choir Scott Metcalfe, director
Glorious sacred music from the golden age of English cathedral music by Hugh Aston, Nicholas Ludford, and Robert Fayrfax, and secular songs from the Tudor court, presented by Boston’s renowned professional vocal ensemble, Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe. This will be the first appearance of Blue Heron at full-choral strength in New York City. Blue Heron will repeat a program presented in Cambridge on October 16 as the opening concert of the 2009-10 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series.
The Peterhouse partbooks, copied for the new cathedral foundation of Christ Church, Canterbury c. 1540-41, are “by far the largest, best preserved and most representative collection of church music to survive from a particularly unstable and controversial period in English religious history” (in the words of Nick Sandon, the world’s leading authority on the partbooks). It is a large collection of music in five parts by the greatest composers working in England c. 1510-1540, and since the tenor book went missing years (probably centuries) ago, the 50 or so pieces that are uniquely preserved there have been inaccessible to performers until Nick Sandon began publishing his perfectly idiomatic and utterly convincing reconstructions, beginning around 1990.
DATE & TIME:
Sunday, October 18, 2009
St. Ignatius of Antioch 87th Street & West End Ave Manhattan