It gives me tremendous pleasure to unveil the sheet music for next Monday’s PDtP.
In keeping with our theme of love, you’ll find on the secular side some madrigals and chansons (some baser than others) and in the motet corner, settings of verses from the Song of Songs, that beguiling mixture of the sacred and erotic from ancient times.
I’ll be highlighting a few of the numbers in the coming days but in the meantime, don’t forget to sign up here and please invite your friends.
Thanks to an obliging graphic design pal, we have a lovely new poster for our next PDtP in just over a week’s time:
It makes us look like a hipster club night, which is of course in many ways what we are.
Sign up to the session here and tell all your friends!
Just wondering if any of you would be willing & able to do me a HUGE favour by singing a short set of some of the madrigals from our English special at a private event in the lovely setting of Sutton House in Hackney on Thursday May 28th, within a time-slot of 5pm to 7pm.
Involves doing no more than a couple of 15/20 minute sets, followed by a few drinks and a look around the beautiful Tudor house.
Would also need to do a 90 minute rehearsal in SE1 next weekend, exact day/time to be determined, light refreshments to be provided!
Need a couple of singers for each voice so if you are up for it, please drop me a line via the form below.
Please indicate your voice; would also be grateful if you could let me know any days/times you wouldn’t be available for the rehearsal on the Bank Holiday weekend.
What a lovely, lovely time I had at Monday’s Polyphony Down the Pub. Thanks to all who came and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
It was great to see so many new faces among the familiar ones and I hope that we will see you again at future sessions.
Highlights for me were BWV 4 – such harmonisation! – and the final run of the Palestrina Super flumina Babylonis; I don’t think we’ve ever sung a motet better.
Thanks too to those of you who stayed back to share your thoughts on PDtP; it’s good to know that we are on the right track in terms of format and repertoire.
Next session details will be published here soon but in the meantime, here’s the Bach chorale that I mentioned on the night.
It might be a just a little too intricate for us to try at PDtP but I would recommend that you have a look at the score (pp 22 & 23 of this file) and marvel at how this miniature masterpiece is put together.
There’s not a duff line it in – every part is exquisitely constructed (and, like BWV 4, there’s another of those monumental interrupted cadences in the penultimate phrase).
For me, it’s like looking at an orrery and getting lost in the beauty of the planets’ movements, alignments and interactions; I could never tire of examining it.
Anyway, enough flim-flammery – thanks again and see you next time.
Grab it from here: PDtP 9 sheet music
Hope you like the selection of hits from previous PDtPs – don’t forget to sign up here and invite all your motet-loving friends.
PS The Bach chorales are also back in force – hurrah!
As you will have found out from reading this post, PDtP 9 will be largely made up of music from previous sessions.
These are some of the numbers that have made an appearance; which ones would you like to see pop up again at PDtP 9?
Use the comment field below to let us know…
Victoria: O decus apostolicum
Palestrina: Ave Maria a 4
Lassus: In monte Oliveti (we have never actually sung this all the way to the end!)
Morales: Kyrie from Missa Mille Regretz
Parsons: Peccantem me quotidie
Palestrina: Super flumina babylonis
Morley: My bonny lass she smileth
Casulana: Morir non puo il mio cuore
…then PDtP 9 would be a ‘clip show‘; i.e. a re-cap of many of your favourite numbers from previous sessions.*
I’d love to claim that this is by design – some of the absolute belters that we’ve sung deserve a second airing, of course – but it’s actually down to the fact that I have run out of time to research new numbers.
Over the coming days I’ll post reminders of some of the great numbers that may be making a reappearance so feel free to drop a comment highlighting any that you would really, really like to be on the set-list.
In the meantime, don’t forget too to sign up to PDtP 9 here as this will help me figure out if we can do any of those double-chorus numbers.
*If it were a TV series then I bet it would have a really cool opening title sequence as well, with explosions and helicopters and beautiful people sipping cocktails at a Los Angeles pool party, all to the soundtrack of My Bonny Lass She Smileth.