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MUSIC ON MUSIC
Saturday 30 March | 7.30pm
Great Hall, The University of Sydney
When music holds a mirror up to itself, new resonances are revealed.
Palestrina starts from first principles with his Mass based on the scale ‘Ut re mi fa so la’; Elliott Gyger takes us back a step earlier with his setting of Ut queant laxis, the poem which gave us those note names.
Josquin des Prez calls upon the finest singers of the world, both human and divine, to mourn the loss of his teacher, the great Johannes Ockeghem; Paul Stanhope calls on the angelic choirs to take us into heavenly realms; Herbert Howells turns to the patron saint of music in his ecstatic Hymn for St Cecilia, and Michael Tippett commands nature itself to burst forth in songs of joy in Dance, Clarion Air. Scottish composer James MacMillan brings the timeless beauty of Gaelic melody to his meditation A New Song, while the ‘new song’ celebrated in Bach’s double-choir motet Singet dem Herrn fills the air with sheer delight.
Four centuries apart, Elizabethan master William Byrd and Australian Joseph Twist explore the place of music in defining our identity with Quomodo cantabimus/How Shall We Sing in a Strange Land?. Elliott Carter revels in the eccentricity of Emily Dickinson’s poem Musicians Wrestle Everywhere. And Benjamin Britten’s transcendent Rejoice in the Lamb reveals the power of music to bring healing and hope.
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Josquin Des Prez
Nimphes Des Bois
Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
How Shall We Sing In
A Strange Land?
Kyrie, From Missa
Ut Re Mi Fa So La
A Hymn For St Cecilia
Ut Queant Laxis
Dance, Clarion Air
A New Song
Rejoice In The Lamb
Singet Dem Herrn
Ein Neues Lied