Hope you are looking forward to Monday’s PDtP; don’t forget that in addition to the amazing music, real ale is only £3 a pint!
Some highlights on the set-list front
If there was one number that you could taken even a brief look at beforehand, then it should be this one, not so much for the notes but the words:
(If you don’t speak Italian then you can spare yourself a shock by not looking up a translation of the scandalous text.)
Another slightly bawdy number with a couple of tricky bits is this one:
However, I am sure we will busk our way through it as we usually do.
We don’t often get to sing French music at PDtP, perhaps as a result of Anthony G. Petti’s notes in The French School for 4 Voices (Chester Motets Series): ‘The plain fact is that there is a dearth of really good [French] composers with a large output in this field [sacred motets]’
What a way to sell a book of French sacred motets!
However, even Petti acknowledges the greatness of Jean L’Héritier, which is amply illustrated in this motet:
Note that we will experiment with some musica ficta on the night with this one; your sheet music highlights some notes to be sharpened, which should result in some glorious false relations!
A slightly longer but utterly sublime piece is this extended chanson by Matthaeus Pipelare, a contemporary of Josquin’s.
It’s hypnotically beautiful and spell-binding in its simplicity; really looking forward to singing this one. (Altos, you’ll be singing Tenor 1.)
Other highlights for me are 2 more Song of Songs motets, one by another Frenchman, Jacquet de Mantua, and the other by another Josquin peer, Noel Bauldeweyn.
Neither has a handy youtube video to listen to but here are the midi files in case they are of use:
Jacquet de Mantua – Veni, dilecte mi
Bauldeweyn – Quam pulchra es
Two final notes: in the 5 part motets (Nigra sum & Veni in hortum meum), Baritones/1st Basses will sing the Tenor II/Quintus line, and we will try to do Josquin’s Allegez Moy (my favourite chanson by the master) if we get enough men on the night – so make sure you bring as many singer friends as possible!
See you Monday.