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Saturday 8 July 2017 at 7.30pm in St George the Martyr, Borough High Street

SACRED AND PROFANE

With the Borough Players, directed by Bob Hanson
(Two violins, ‘cello and organ/harpsichord)

Monteverdi
Chiome d’oro (secular duet, the original version of Beatus Vir)
Kyrie from Mass of 1641

Madrigals
Ah! Dolente
A un giro sol
Si, ch’io vorrei

Corelli
Sonata da chiesa

Wylkynson
Credo (canon à 13) from the Eton Choirbook

Monteverdi
Beatus Vir

INTERVAL

Handel
No, Di Voi Non Vo’ Fidarmi (secular duet, the original version of For unto us a Child is Born)

Pärt
Magnificat

Corelli
Sonata da camera (Corelli wrote two types of trio sonata, one for church use, the other for domestic use)

Handel
For unto us a Child is Born (from Messiah)

Vasks
Silent Songs

Monteverdi
Laudate Dominum

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Bob Hanson writes:

In the year of the 450th anniversary of his birth, our programme will centre on the wonderful music of Monteverdi. The early seventeenth century was a period of radical change in Italy, and Monteverdi was at the cutting edge of that change, as the old style (stile antico) gave way to the new (seconda prattica), with its expressive intensity and harmonic and melodic daring, particularly associated with opera and with madrigals.

One of the fascinating developments is the breakdown of the separation between sacred and profane styles, not least in the infusion of sacred music with the rhythm of the dance. The well-known motet ‘Beatus Vir’, for instance, originates in a secular love duet. Our programme will explore the divergence/convergence of sacred and profane styles both forwards and backwards in time from Monteverdi’s era, including music from the Eton Choirbook, Handel and Pärt.

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