Evening Song: Rest, Ralph Vaughan Williams with text by Christina Rossetti

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Hear this live Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM | St. Matthew’s Episcopal | Lincoln, Nebraska

Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)
Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)

Christina Rossetti was an English poet of the Victorian era. She and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are considered the greatest female poets of their time. Rossetti’s poetry was also famously set in the popular Christmas songs, In the Bleak Midwinter and Love Came Down at Christmas. We feel fortunate to sing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ stunning setting of Rest (text below).

O Earth, lie heavily upon her eyes;
Seal her sweet eyes weary of watching, Earth;
Lie close around her; leave no room for mirth
With its harsh laughter, nor for sound of sighs.
She hath no questions, she hath no replies,
Hushed in and curtained with a blessed dearth
Of all that irked her from the hour of birth;
With stillness that is almost Paradise.
Darkness more clear than noon-day holdeth her,
Silence more musical than any song;
Even her very heart has ceased to stir:
Until the morning of Eternity
Her rest shall not begin nor end, but be;
And when she wakes she will not think it long.

Rossetti experimented with many poetic forms, and followed the Romantic tradition of meditations on death and loss. Rest follows that tradition, using the Italian Sonnet form (abba abba bcb ddc). Vaughan Williams’ phrasing masterfully follows the speech rhythm and line length of the poetry while adding an emotional undercurrent that cannot be expressed in words. You probably won’t hum this tune as you leave the concert. Instead, you will certain to carry it with you when you leave, in the “silence more musical than song.”

The performance of Rest below is by the King’s Singers.

Evening Song: Lamentation Over Boston, William Billings

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Hear this live Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM | St. Matthew’s Episcopal | Lincoln, Nebraska

William Billings (1746 –1800)
William Billings (1746 –1800)

William Billings was born in Boston, and is largely regarded as America’s first choral composer. He was dedicated to the art of singing, and listed as “singing master” in the Boston city directory until 1798. Billings lived during a violent period of America’s history. The Revolution began when he was 29-years old, and lasted until after his death, nearly half of his life. Billings’ Lamentation Over Boston bases its text on Psalm 137 (below), drawing parallels between the Israelites’ lamentation over the destruction of Jerusalem and the unrest of his native Boston. It is a powerful and passionate piece of American history.

Psalm 137, King James Version
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

Below is a performance by the Minneapolis-based group, Cantus. We are very pleased that one of our former members, Chris Foss, sings, arranges, and programs music for that stunning group of singers.

Evening Song: Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd

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Hear this live Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM | St. Matthew’s Episcopal | Lincoln, Nebraska

William Byrd (c.1540 – 1623)
William Byrd (c.1540 – 1623)

William Byrd was an English Renaissance composer, writing during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Over the years movements of his Mass for Four Voices have become a staple in the Dulces Voces repertoire. We have rarely performed the entire work, so this concert will be a treat for us.

While Byrd composed during the Elizabethan period, the mass itself has characteristics of an earlier Tudor style. Some scholars assert the Mass for Four Voices was modeled after John Taverner’s (c. 1490 – 1545) Mean Mass. Byrd’s Mass peppers semi-choir sections throughout the work. Those sections are delicate confections that are both satisfying to sing and hear. Byrd composed three settings of the Ordinary of the Mass, for four, three, and five voices. The editions were undated, did not name the printer, and were thin to allow them to be concealed. Bibliographic analysis suggests these works were publish in the 1590s, a time when many Catholics feared for their lives, and merely possessing the books would be dangerous. Given the history, it is possible Byrd’s mass was written in an earlier style to further conceal the origin of the composition.

The performance below (not Dulces Voces) is the Gloria movement of the Mass for Four Voices.

Evening Song
June 4, 2016, 7:30 PM
St. Matthew’s Episcopal
Lincoln, Nebraska

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Dulces Voces presents, Evening Song: Saturday, June 4, 2016Evening Song is a concert of vocal music, performed by the “sweet voices” of Dulces Voces.

Saturday, June 4, 2016
7:30 PM
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
24th and Park Avenue
Lincoln, Nebraska

This concert features the William Byrd Mass for Four Voices, and includes music by William Billings and Zoltan Kodaly.

Freewill offerings are welcomed.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Program

Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd (c.1540 – 1623)
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei

Intermission

O quam gloriosum, Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Sfogava con le stelle, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
As Vesta was, Thomas Weelkes (c. 1576-1623)
Lamentation Over Boston, William Billings (1746 –1800)
Rest, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Evening Song, Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967)

Dulces Voces

Jessica Brauer
Curt Butler
Holly Heffelbower
Roger Hochstetler
Jackie Josten
John Mills
Jennifer Stevens
Laura Waldman


related posts:
Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd | Lamentation Over Boston, William Billings | Rest, Ralph Vaughan Williams with text by Christina Rossetti

The Lincoln Early Music Consort
Now is the Month of Maying
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 7:30 PM
First Christian Church (DOC)
Lincoln, Nebraska

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The Lincoln Early Music Consort: Now is the Month of MayingThe Lincoln Early Music Consort presents
Now is the Month of Maying
with guests
Dulces Voces
Michael Tully, baritone
Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 7:30 PM.
First Christian Church (DOC)
16th and K Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska
Freewill offerings are welcomed.  We look forward to seeing you there!



Thank you for silencing your devices. This concert is being recorded for later broadcast on NET Radio.
Last year’s concert will air tomorrow from 1 – 3 on NET Radio, 91.1 FM in Lincoln. Thank you for your support over the years.

Dec 12: At Midnight, Calm & Still: A Concert of Christmas

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CALM & STILL 2015 POSTER-page-001Dulces Voces is excited to present”At Midnight, Calm & Still: a Concert of Christmas” to be performed Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 7:30 pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The concert will feature the Lincoln Early Music Consort.  Freewill offerings are welcomed.  We look forward to seeing you there!


At Midnight, Calm & Still

A concert of Christmas
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7:30 PM
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
6001 A Street | Lincoln, Nebraska

Rorate caeli desuper, Salomone Rossi (ca. 1570-1630)
Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation.
Ave Maria, Robert Parsons (ca. 1535-1571)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O nata lux, Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585)
O You born light of light, Jesus, redeemer of the world, mercifully deem worthy and accept the praises and prayers of your supplicants. Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh for the sake of the lost ones, grant us to be made members of your holy body.

Dulces Voces

Adam lay ybounden, Boris Ord (1897-1961)
Rejoice, rejoice, William Byrd (1543-1623)
In rosa primula, Anonymous 14th century
Gabriel fram Heven-King, Anonymous 15th century
Hola he! par la vertu goy, Anonymous (ca. 1520)

Lincoln Early Music Consort

Gabriel archangelus, Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
The archangel Gabriel spoke to the Virgin, saying: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord be with you, you are blessed among women. Archangel Gabriel, come in aid for the people of God, you who always stand by in the sight of the Lord.
Pastores, dicite, quidnam vidistis?, Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553)
Shepherds, speak! What did you see? And announce the birth of Christ! Noel, Noel!
“We saw the child, wrapped in swaddling clothes and choirs of angels praising the Savior!” Noel, Noel!

Dulces Voces

While shepherds watched their flocks, Hymnal #94
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming, Hymnal #81

Congregation, Dulces Voces, & Lincoln Early Music Consort

Al resplandor d’una estrella, Guerrero
By the light of a star the Kings of the Orient seek a new, resplendent sun in the arms of a maiden.
He came so small and poor and with such great humility that the divine and beauteous sun hid his (own) brightness.
And so, following a star, the Kings of the Orient seek…
Look, what tokens of love that God should descend to a village and it is necessary to view him with distant splendor.
And by the light of a star the Kings of the Orient find….
Los reyes siguen la’strella
The kings follow the star; the star follows the Lord and the Lord of them all follows and seeks out the sinner.
Having news of God, they seek with divine zeal: the star [seeks] the sun of justice, the kings, the King of heaven.
They are guided by the star, the star of their Lord….
The kings seek the sovereign King in order to worship him, and the treasonous and tyrannical king seeks him in order to kill him.
The three [kings] follow the star, the star follows the Lord…

Dulces Voces

Intermission

Canite tuba, Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
Blow the trumpet in Sion, address the nations, declare to the people and say: Behold, God our Savior draws nigh. Declare, make heard by speaking and shout: Behold, God our Savior draws nigh.
Radix Jesse, Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
The root of Jesse, who will rise up to judge the nations: in him the Gentiles will hope. And his name shall be blessed for ever and ever.
Congaudemus partier/En lux immensa, Anonymous (ca. 13th c.)
MOTETUS
Come together, let us praise the flower of flowers, so pure and chaste, and radiant with abounding grace for us today. We praise today the infant who in the manger lay; To the holy Trinity; and to the Holy Ghost singeth all the heavenly host. Now, by the grace of Mary’s son, our voices are raised as one, to glorify and praise Him! Behold, the child ineffable, his splendor inexpressible, whom we glorify in praise.
TENOR
Yet so vast the light that cast upon the earth that glorious day. The ox and the bull, they bray to the holy Child. Worshipping, they praise the holy child, praise and extol. Thus sword and spear do disappear when Jesus here appears. The flock exits singing: ‘Glory in the highest!’ Let every Christian sing in praise, and sweetly symphonize.
In natali domini, Anonymous (ca. 1500)
On our Savior’s birthdate all the angels celebrate and they sing in holy love: ‘Glory be to God above! God is born of a virgin, God was borne by a virgin, by a virgin ever chaste.’
Now is born Emanuel as foretold by Gabriel, as attests Ezekiel, as fulfilled on this Noël. God is born of a virgin, God was borne by a virgin, by a virgin ever chaste.
Born today is Christ the child, born of Mary undefiled, born this babe, so meek and mild, magi, kings and beasts beguiled. God is born of a virgin, God was borne by a virgin, by a virgin ever chaste.

Dulces Voces

Dies sanctificatus illuxit, Handl
Christmas eve/Apples in winter/Christmas day ida moarnin’, Anonymous Irish
Jesus born in Bethn’y, Anonymous Appalachian

Lincoln Early Music Consort

Ave Maria, Graham Keitch
This score is available through MusicSpoke.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Behold, a Branch is Growing, Joseph Herl (b. 1959)

Dulces Voces

Personent hodie, Hymnal #92
Good Christian friends, rejoice, Hymnal #107

Congregation, Dulces Voces, & Lincoln Early Music Consort

Puer natus est, Morales
A boy is born to us, and a son is given to us. Glory be to God on high, and on the earth be peace to men of good will. Alleluia! The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. Alleluia!
Cantate domino, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth. Sing unto the Lord, and praise his Name: tell his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory unto the heathen: and his wonders unto all people.

Dulces Voces


Dulces Voces

Colleen Baade
Jessica Brauer
Curt Butler
Jason Hellmuth
Roger Hochstetler
Jane Mehrends
John Mills
Jennifer Stevens
Laura Waldman

Lincoln Early Music Consort

Paul Burrow: recorder, psaltery, guitar, percussion, krummhorn
Carole Goebes: recorder, viol, bowed psaltery
Bob Haack: percussion, guitar
Jean Henderson: recorder, viol
Genevieve Randall: recorder, Renaissance flute, krummhorn



Thank you for silencing your devices. This concert is being recorded for later broadcast on NET Radio.
Last year’s concert will air tomorrow from 1 – 3 on NET Radio, 91.1 FM in Lincoln. Thank you for your support over the years.
We also wish to thank the staff of NET Radio and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for their continued support.

Auditioning Tenors & Basses

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Founded in 1993, Dulces Voces (Sweet Voices) is a vocal ensemble specializing in secular and sacred music composed before 1750. The ensemble, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, performs mostly a cappella music with no conductor or advisor, and therefore draws on its volunteer members for repertoire and performance practice. The members come from varying backgrounds and professions, and all profoundly love making music together.

We are excited to grow our membership this season and will be holding auditions for Tenors and Basses this fall beginning in August.  Auditions will be held by appointment during our regular rehearsal time (Mondays 6 – 8 pm).  Other voice parts will be considered if interest is expressed.

All interested singers should apply by filling out the form below.  Questions may be directed to dulcesvoces@gmail.com.  If you are having trouble viewing the form, click here.

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June 27 & 28: Flatwater Shakespeare Company

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As You Like It in The Swan at Wyuka in Lincoln

As You Like ItWe are so pleased to sing a few songs before the Flatwater Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It! The curtain goes up at 7 PM, and we will be there a bit before (June 27 & 28) to warm up the audience. We wish to thank Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music for partnering with us on these performances.

Flatwater performs As You Like It each weekend of June. If you attended our concert last month, you know you can expect a wonderful performance!

For ticket and venue information, visit Flatwater Shakespeare Company’s website.

A Month of Maying: May 30, 2015, 8 PM

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A Month of Maying 5-30-15 8 PM
Saturday, May 30th, 8 PM, St. Mark’s on the Campus Episcopal Church, 13th & R Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska

We are excited to have special guests from the Flatwater Shakespeare Company join us for a scene from As You Like It. This concert is all about what the merry, merry month of May has to offer.


This sweet and merry month of May, William Byrd (ca. 1540 – 1623)

Bonjour mon coeur, Claude Goudimel (ca. 1514 – 1572)
Hello my heart, hello my sweet life, hello my eye, hello my dear friend!
Ah hello, my most beautiful one, my sweetheart; hello, my delight, my love, my sweet spring, my fresh new flower, my sweet pleasure, my sweet little dove, my sparrow, my turtledove! Hello, my sweet rebel.

Ecce, amica mea, Cristóbal de Morales (ca. 1500 – 1553)
Behold, O my love, my dove, my beautiful, my beautiful one
She cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping over the hills.
My beloved is like a roe, or a young hart. Behold my beloved, my beautiful one,
standeth behind our wall, looking through the windows, looking through the lattices.
Behold my beloved speaketh to me.
Arise, make haste, my dove, my fair one, and come away; my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come.
For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone. Come, my dove.
The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land:
The fig tree hath put forth her green figs: the vines in flower yield their sweet smell. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come:
My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall, shew me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely.

Clear or cloudy, John Dowland (ca. 1563 – 1626)

Act III, Scene 2 from As You Like It, William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)
Emma Gruhl, Megan Higgins, and Cale Yates of Flatwater Shakespeare Company

Ay! linda amiga, Anonymous (16th c.)
Oh, beautiful beloved whom I will never see again,
Exquisite body that brings me death.
There is no love without pain,
Nor pain without grief,
Nor pain so sharp as that of love.
Get me up, mother, when the sun rises.
I went throughout the green fields
Looking for my love.

Por Mayo era, Anonymous (16th c.)
‘Twas in May, sometime in May, when it gets hot, when ladies and maidens all go about with lovers, when those who are suffering go to serve their loves. But I don’t know when it’s daytime nor do I know when it’s nighttime, if not for a little bird that sings to me at dawn.

Surge, propera amica mea, Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
Arise, my love, my dove, my fair one, and come away;
For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone. Come, my dove.
The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land:
The fig tree hath put forth her green figs: the vines in flower yield their sweet smell. Arise, my love,
my beautiful one, and come:
My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall, shew me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely.

La rosa enflorece, Traditional Sephardic, arr. Angelina Figus
The rose flowers in May.
My soul dims, suffering from love.
Nightingales sing and sigh of love
And passion kills me, increasing my pain.
Come more quickly, my dove,
More quickly to me,
More quickly you my soul: I feel myself dying.

Now is the month of maying, Thomas Morley (ca. 1557 – 1602)


We are very pleased to partner with the Flatwater Shakespeare Company and Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music.