Our spring concerts are even more varied. Last spring we drew from Maurice Durufle, Giuseppe Verdi, Francis Poulenc, Orland di Lasso and Benjamin Britten.
Hymn to St. Cecilia - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
With Op. 27 Britten joined a long tradition of composers honoring the patron saint of music. (Britten was also born on St. Cecilia’s Day). The text was written between 1940 and 1942 by W. H. Auden at the composer’s request.
Lux Aurumque - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
The song features all the hallmarks of a Whitacre choral composition – dense chords and tonal clusters, unexpected harmonic progressions, and a sustained, lyrical beauty.
She Walks in Beauty - David Foltz (1911 - 1992)
This appealing secular text, an early 19th century work by Lord Byron, is set to flowing harmonies with multiple tempo changes and opportunities for expressive rubato.
Dieu! Qu’il la Fait Bon Regarder! - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Debussy’s lilting love song is the first in his Trois Chanson published in 1908 and showcases his brilliant harmonic techniques. The text comes from prince and poet Charles d’Orléans of the early 15th century.
America - arr. Gene Puerling (1929 - 2008)
America the Beautiful" as arranged by the incomparable master of vocal jazz. Music by Samuel Ward (1847-1903), words by Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929).
Ronde - Maurice Ravel (1835-1937)
Trois Chansons – Ronde is the third in the set – mark a rare venture into choral music for the Impressionist Ravel. Even more unusual, they are one of only two works for which the composer wrote the texts himself.