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The Tallis Scholars, vocal ensemble

Sun, Dec 8, 2024 4:00 PM

First Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Performance Information

The Tallis Scholars, hailed as “the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music” (The New York Times) and founded by Peter Phillips in 1973, bring a traditional Christmas celebration to Chamber Music Maryland. Their performance will showcase three distinct styles: the interpretation of Gregorian Chants by the 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen (these are her own compositions); the living Gregorian tradition as shown in settings of the Salve Regina, Ut queant laxis, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis; and as adapted in the medieval popular song In dulci jubilo, and Arvo Pärt's reimagining of this tradition, partly in the Orthodox view. In particular, there is Pärt's Da pacem, where the alto voice quotes a whole chant melody, running from start to finish of the piece. For a thousand years, chant represented all there was of 'classical' music. And it remains second to none in evoking the atmosphere of the great feast days.

The Program

Solo monody: In dulci jubilo v.1 Hieronymous Praetorius: In dulci jubilo vv. 2 and 4 Hildegard von Bingen: Plainchant - In principio omnes Obrecht: Salve regina Hildegard von Bingen: Plainchant - O virtus sapientiae Lassus: Nunc dimittis 'Il Magnanimo Pietro' Pärt: Magnificat Hildegard von Bingen: Plainchant - O ignis spiritus Franco: Salve regina Pärt: Da pacem Hildegard von Bingen: Plainchant - O ecclesia Victoria: Salve regina (a 8) Pearsall: In dulci jubilo

About The Artist

The Tallis Scholars
The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serves the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound…

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