The Pilgrim's Way
Friday 13th December 2019
Tickets available online soon and on the door
Passport ready? – Join us on a whistle stop tour along the CAMINO Ways of St. James for a Seasonal Choral Pilgrimage discovering music both rustic and refined in period and imaginative contemporary arrangements, with new CHRISTMAS compositions too.
Time to hit the ADVENT Pilgrim Camino trails with ports of call - and a few detours - along the way.
From far-flung European starting points, we plunder music of the Black Madonna en route, celebrating a cosmopolitan CHRISTMAS of delights arriving at Santiago de Compostela - the field of the star - and out to Cape Finesterre for EPIPHANY – the Edge of the World.
We look out from the atlantic coast, with its glimmering sea and stars, to the horizon, beyond which we join a Montevidean Afro-Spanish émigré Fiesta Carnival.
Our wayfaring companions will also include Italian pastoral rustic Pifferari (the Viva Voce Players) as they take their yearly journey down the Abruzzi mountains into Rome to pay homage to the Virgin and Child.
Back here at home come a-Wassailing in English cider orchards, promoting a good harvest for the coming year, reciting incantations and singing to the trees before swaggering door-to-door singing and caroling and offering drink from our wassailing bowl. Enjoy yourself with others in ‘a noisy, lively way’.
So, Pick your preferred routes – here’s our intended playlist…
FRANCE – CAMINO FRANCES
Charpentier Messe de Minuit Kyrie – Midnight Baroque reworkings of traditional Jesuit Noels such as Une Jeune Pucelle, recomposed by..
‘Paris, Dimanche 18 Mai 1952’ Poulenc Hodie Christus Natus est a stirring Motet pour le temp de Noel
Debussy – his last song - a harrowing Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons – surprising Christmas fare.
UK - CAMINO INGLES – the trading sea route to the Galician coast - Ferrol or A Coruna
Warlock A harmonically subtle I saw a fair maiden – alluringly sophisticated
Vaughan Williams His ‘freely arranged’ Wassail Song
A Britten/Rutter synthesis of the Appalachian I wonder as I wander from Songs of the Hill Folk
Stopford an understated Lully, Lulla, Lullay – delivered ‘with simple beauty’
Lane Jesus Christ the Apple Tree - Timeless and atmospheric
Weir Her lustrous Kings College 1985 commission Illuminare, Jerusalem Medieval scots, 15th.c anon manuscript - Awesome!
Redshaw I sing of a Maiden – meditative majesty
Gjeilo – The Holly & the Ivy – An exuberant Norwegian take on this well-known English broadside folk tune.
GERMANY - Wege der Jakobspilger – an historic trade route taking in Praetorius in Saxony and Thuringia and Bach in Leipzig
Bach Cantata BWV65 – Sie Werden aus Saba alle kommen the first movement depicts swaying of the camels of the Magi and their onboard riches. Also, his affecting O Jesulein süss
Praetorius A polychoral In dulci Jubilo showing his showy Venetian influences
Swede Sixten presents an unapologetically voluptuous nocturnal jazz/blues infused arrangement - Marais Wiegenlied (Stille Nacht)
ITALY – THE ABRUZZI DESCENT
Trad. Tu scendi dalle stelle ‘look you, the stars shine still’ Bosola to the Duchess of Malfi affirms life
SPAIN - CAMINO CATALAN. PRIMITIVO & DEL NORTE – Moorish & Coastal Basque
Cuncti simus concanentes A Pilgrim Song of the Monastery of Montserrat – a stirring annunciation Ave Maria chant narrative
Flecha the elder (attributed) bawdy villancicos Riu, riu, chiu
Sevillian Guerrero A un nino llorando al hielo - a procession of Kings
SOUTH AMERICA CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL PROCESSIONS
Afro-Spanish Montevideo - Fiesta time with Candombe de San Baltasar Abel of Montenegro-Yabor
A culturally stereotyped insular and self-deprecating Latvian? Esenvalds O Emmanuel for Merton College, Oxford – see what you think…
Łukaszewski a virtuosic O Sapientia - Breaking a traditional Polish opłatek Christmas wafer.
Audience participation - Good King Wenceslas from Piae Cantiones arranged Reginald Jacques
‘Page and Monarch forth they went, forth they went together…’ Hope to see you on Friday 13th December as we catch them up…
Seasons Greetings from VIVA VOCE!