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Polyphonic Picnic

Music about food and satiation

Part of the Orlando Chamber Choir 2016-17 Season

Add to my Calendar 15-06-2017 19:30 15-06-2017 21:30 36 Polyphonic Picnic This food-themed programme draws together a number of distinct themes: firstly, sacred music whose purpose is the commemoration of the Eucharist, the great spiritual feast of the Lamb of God; secondly, secular music that celebrates the nourishing of the temporal body with various kinds of delicious things; thirdly, music by composers whose names are, in some sense, edible. Occasionally, these overlap, as in Handl's setting of Bernard of Clairvaux’ poem Jesu, dulcis memoria; occasionally, the spiritual and the temporal can be described using one set of words with two interpretations, as Palestrina points out in his preface to his Song of Songs settings; and on one occasion, a Biblical theme is updated, as in Rheinberger’s fantasy on the story of Jonah. The alcoholic tendencies of medieval monks are parodied in excerpts from the Missa Potatorum, which draws on the Gospels and the ancient monastic plainsong tradition to depict the debauchery indulged in by certain members of the religious orders.   In each half, a piano miniature by Rossini is named after one of the composer’s favourite foods, and at the conclusion of the concert, the Toast pour le nouvel an concerns itself with both the eternal joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the quickly-expiring pleasures of sparkling wine.   There will be vinum bonum in the interval too, and a variety of foods to complete this all-sensory polyphonic picnic. St Andrew's Church, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

St Andrew's Church
5 Saint Andrew Street
London
EC4A 3AB
England


Programme

Tomas Luis de VictoriaLauda Sion salvatorem
Gioachino RossiniToast pour le nouvel an
Loyset CompèreNous sommes de l'ordre de Saint Babouyn
Orlando di LassoVinum bonum et suave
AnonymousBonum vinum
AnonymousLugeamus omnes
Gioachino RossiniLes noisettes (piano)
Josef Gabriel RheinbergerDer Jonas kehrt im Walfisch ein
Orlando di LassoLucescit iam o socii
Jean MoutonTota pulchra es
Francesco GaspariniPanis angelicus
Gregorio ZucchiniSanctis Apostolis inclita gaudia
Thomas TallisO sacrum convivium
AnonymousGaudeamus omnes
Peter FoggittAd cenam agni providi
Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaIntroduxit me rex
Guillaume DufayAd cenam agni providi
William ByrdO sacrum convivium
Gioachino RossiniLes Cornichons (piano)
Orlando di LassoA ce matin
Thomas WeelkesWhilst youthful sports
John DunstapleDescendi in hortum meum
Jacobus GallusJesu, dulcis memoria
Osbert ParsleyThis is the day
Francisco GuerreroO sacrum convivium

Performers

Peter Foggitt – Director

Orlando Chamber Choir

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Programme Note

This food-themed programme draws together a number of distinct themes: firstly, sacred music whose purpose is the commemoration of the Eucharist, the great spiritual feast of the Lamb of God; secondly, secular music that celebrates the nourishing of the temporal body with various kinds of delicious things; thirdly, music by composers whose names are, in some sense, edible. Occasionally, these overlap, as in Handl's setting of Bernard of Clairvaux’ poem Jesu, dulcis memoria; occasionally, the spiritual and the temporal can be described using one set of words with two interpretations, as Palestrina points out in his preface to his Song of Songs settings; and on one occasion, a Biblical theme is updated, as in Rheinberger’s fantasy on the story of Jonah. The alcoholic tendencies of medieval monks are parodied in excerpts from the Missa Potatorum, which draws on the Gospels and the ancient monastic plainsong tradition to depict the debauchery indulged in by certain members of the religious orders.

 

In each half, a piano miniature by Rossini is named after one of the composer’s favourite foods, and at the conclusion of the concert, the Toast pour le nouvel an concerns itself with both the eternal joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the quickly-expiring pleasures of sparkling wine.

 

There will be vinum bonum in the interval too, and a variety of foods to complete this all-sensory polyphonic picnic.

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