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Early Music Concerts 2009-2010: (CA) "Gabriel’s Greeting" -- Tactus Vocal Ensemble (Nov. 28/2009)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 22, 2009

“Saturday November 28th sees us into our 15th season of singing with a concert dedicated strictly to Marian music and focused on the Annunciation.  This is a true Advent program, with only a whiff of Christmas on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent.

Our only dilemma in creating this concert is choosing what not to sing.  There is no end to magnificent Marian musical options:  songs, Magnificats, motets – Ave Maria, Ave Maris Stella, Nesciens Mater  – hymns, plainchants … Latin, English, French, German, Spanish … ancient, modern settings.  And of course this ignores the wealth of Marian music written for other seasons and purposes, especially Lent and Holy Week; for example the famous medieval poem, Stabat Mater.  In our concert, Gabriel’s Greeting, we start with the traditional Basque carol, “The angel Gabriel from heaven came”.  It is a jaunty throwback, nostalgically Anglified in the late Victorian era, but sets the stage so well.  Juxtaposed against this somewhat anachronistic musical language is Thomas Morley’s austere, simple and congregational Magnificat, which we will use as a processional after singing from the back of St. John’s-Kilmarnock Chapel.  TACTUS also has the great benefit and privilege of our guests’ artistry – Greensleaves, on viols, recorders, lute and guitar – will accompany some of our music while providing virtuosity of their own, all Marian inspired. “

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