March 2018
The Enduring Muse: The choral ideal, then and now


8 pm Friday, Mar. 2, 2018
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
404 Washington St.
Brighton, MA

5 pm Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018
St. John's Episcopal Church
1 Roanoke Ave.
Jamaica Plain, MA


Styles of choral composition differ widely beween the turn of the seventeenth century and the turn of the twenty-first — yet what these two eras share is that each witnessed a new flowering of composers of genius and a profusion of new choral music that arose from their common muse. We can find similarities between choral music of the first era and that of the second: for, in this program, a choral work by a composer of the first era is paired with a strikingly similar choral work by a composer of the second — John Wilbye with Julian Wachner, William Byrd with Charlotte Bray, Thomas Vautor with Abbie Betinis, G. P. da Palestrina with Ola Gjeilo, Thomas Morley with Ēriks Ešenvalds, and Claudin de Sermisy with Eric Whitacre.

John Wilbye (1574-1638) Flora gave me fairest flowers
Julian Wachner (1969-) Sometimes I feel alive. somewhere i have never travelled

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525?-1594) Pulchra es, amica mea
Ola Gjeilo (1978-) Northern Lights

Thomas Vautor  Songs of divers ayres and natures. Sweet Suffolke owle
Abbie Betinis (1980-) Songs of Smaller Creatures. 1. the bees’ song; 2. a noiseless, patient spider

William Byrd (~1539-1623) Mass for 5 voices. Agnus Dei 
Charlotte Bray (1982-) Agnus Dei

Thomas Morley (1557-1603?) O sleep, fond fancy
Ēriks Ešenvalds (1977-) Only in Sleep

Claudin de Sermisy (~1490-1562) Aspice, Domine
Eric Whitacre (1970-) Sainte-Chapelle