Sunday, May 10, 2015

Humboldt Chorale: Program and Notes

O Sing Unto the Lord (Psalm 96:1) by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
 edited and arranged by Norman Greyson

 Magnificat: My Soul doth Magnify the Lord  by Henry Purcell
 edited and transcribed by Harold Aks

 Regina Coeli by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)

 She’s Like the Swallow (Newfoundland Folk Song) adapted and arranged by Luigi Zaninelli 

 From Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim:
  “Children Will Listen”
“No one is Alone” arranged by Mark Brymer

Regina Coeli by Mozart

"The sunny C-major Regina Coeli, K. 276, is the last of three settings Mozart made of this antiphon in praise of the Virgin. Its autograph score is lost so its date of composition is conjectural. Scholars believe that its stylistic similarities to the precisely dated Dominican Vespers place it as a work from 1779. Among its many felicities is the thrice-repeated "Alleluia" whose rhythm immediately recalls in the listener a somewhat familiar chorus by Handel, though it is thought unlikely that Mozart knew Messiah in 1779."
-- Copyright (c) 1997 by John W. Ehrlich

She's Like the Swallow
"She’s Like the Swallow is a distinctive Newfoundland folk song about the yearning for and remembrance of love... The setting performed tonight... is by Luigi Zaninelli (b. 1932). A native of New Jersey, Zaninelli was discovered at an early age by Gian-Carlo Menotti who brought him to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to pursue studies. His studies at Curtis culminated in his appointment to the faculty there. Since then, Zaninelli has been the conductor and arranger for Metropolitan Opera soprano Anna Moffo, composer-in-residence at the University of Calgary, Banff School of Fine Arts and, since 1973, the composer-in-residence at the University of Southern Mississippi."
--Dr. Robert Duff

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