"Missa Solenmis in C"
O Vos Omnes –
Tomás Luis de Victoria
La Mia Vita – William Hawley
O Vos Omnes (Tomás Luis de Victoria, ca. 1548-1611)O vos omnes qui transitis per viam, attendite, et videte: Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus. Attendite universi populi, et videte: Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.
O ye people, who pass by on your way, behold and see: is there any sorrow like unto my sorrow? All ye people of the world: is there any sorrow like unto my sorrow?
Tomás Victoria was the most noted Spanish composer of the Renaissance. It is believed he studied with Palestrina in Rome.
Missa solemnis in C, K337 (Wolfgang A. Mozart, 1756-1791)
Composed in 1780, this missa brevis (brief mass) was most likely written for the Easter high mass in the Saltzburg cathedral for the Archbishop Hieronymus Count Colloredo. It is a festive and joyful mass with the exception of the dramatic Benedictus movement. The Agnus Dei, in contrast, appears in a distantly related key and features lyric melodies for the soprano and oboes. (Soloists: Soprano – Marty Friesen , Alto – Ruthann Lovetang, Tenor – Michael Petersen, Bass – David Irvine)
Agnus Dei (and Dona Nobis)
Vita De La Mia Vita (William Hawley, 1950-)
"Vita de la mia vita, Tu mi somigli
palidetta 0liva O rosa scolorita; Nè di beltà sei
priva, Ma in ogniaspetto tu mi sei gradita, O lusinghiera
o schiva; E se mi segui o fuggi, Soavemente mi consumi
William Hawley is a New York composer of international renown. This lovely choral madrigal is one of several commissioned by Chanticleer.
Evening-Star (David Ashley White, 1944-) Text by Louise Bogan (1897-1970)
"Light from the planet Venus, soon to set, be with us. Light, pure and round, without heat or shadow, held in the cirrus sky, at evening: accompany what we do. Be with us; know our partial strength. Serve us in your own way, brief planet, shining without burning. Light, lacking words that might praise you; wanting and breeding sighs only."
David Ashley White is a composer of motets, anthems and hymns in the Anglo-American tradition. He is currently professor of composition and dean at Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, Texas. Louise Bogan is recognized as one of the great American poets of the twentieth century.
Speak of Peace (Allan Robert Petker, 1955-)
"Perceive of peace. Embrace the thoughts of tranquility: comfort, warmth, friendship, security. Let flow the words that listen and trust. What grace emerges from the whip? What strength is driven by the sword? What force can kindle restful fire? What willful creativity is spurred by twists of pain? Life cannot flourish out of death. Conceive of peace. Immerse in the light of understanding: love, respect, honesty, compassion. Let flow the words that listen and trust. Speak of peace."
“Speak of Peace” was premiered at the ACDA National Convention, Salt Lake City , Utah , 1985.
O Lux Beatissima (Howard Helvey, 1968-)
"O lux beatissima, reple cordis
intima tuorum fidelium. Sine tuo numine, nihil est homine,
nihil est innoxium."
Howard Helvey is organist and choirmaster at Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati , as well as a concert pianist, conductor, composer and arranger.
Three settings of “O Magnum Mysterium ”
(original spelling) "O
Magnum misterium et admirabile sacramentum ut animalia
viderunt dominum natum iacentem in presepio. O Beata Virgo
cuius viscera meruerunt portare dominum Iesum Christum.
Tomás Luis de Victoria, ca. 1548-1611 (see O Vos Omnes)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) A strikingly original composer, Poulenc had no formal music education but is recognized as one of France ‘s greatest twentieth century composers.
Morten Lauridsen (1948-) Currently professor of music at USC, Lauridsen’s music is performed throughout the world to great acclaim.
Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (Southern Appalachian Folk Song, Arr. Doug Andrews, 1947-)
"Black is the color of my true love’s hair. Her lips are something wondrous fair, the bluest eyes and the daintiest hands. I love the ground where on she stands. I love my love and well she knows I love the ground whereon she goes. But sometimes I wish the day will come that she and I will be as one."
Doug Andrews is published by numerous firms and is the dean of Cultural Programs at South Florida Community College .
O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose
(René Clausen, 1953-) Poem by Robert Burns (1759-1796)
"O my Luve’s like a red, red rose that’s newly sprung in June. O my Luve’s like a melodie that’s sweetly played in tune. As fair art thou my bonny lass so deep in luve am I, I will luve thee still my dear till a’ the seas gang dry. I will love thee still my dear, while the sands of life shall run, till the seas gang dry, my dear, and rocks melt with the sun. As fair art thou my bonny lass so deep in luve am I, I will luve thee still my dear tho’ it were ten thousand mile."
René Clausen is the conductor of the Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Minnesota . His compositions are performed the world over.
Nelly Bly (Stephen Foster 1826-1864, Arr. Jack Halloran, 1916-1997)
"Hi Nelly! Ho Nelly! Listen love to me. I’ll sing for you, play for you a dulcet melody. Nelly Bly, Nelly Bly, bring the broom along. We’ll sweep the kitchen clean, my dear, and have a little song! Poke the wood, my lady love, and make the fire burn; And while I take the banjo down, just give the mush a turn! (Chorus)"
"Nelly Bly has a voice like a turtle dove, I hear it in the meadow and I hear it in the grove. Nelly Bly has a heart warm as a cup of tea; And bigger than a sweet potato down in Tennessee ! (Chorus) Nelly Bly, Nelly Bly, never, never sigh; Never bring a teardrop to the corner of your eye. (Chorus)"
Stephen Foster was one of the earliest professional American songwriters who wrote about the ordinary people in America .
Camptown Races (Stephen Foster, Arr. Jack Halloran)
"Gon to run all night, Gon to run all day, I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag (somebody bet on the bay). Camptown ladies sing this song, Doo-dah! Doo-dah! camptown racetrack five miles long, Oh! doo-dah day! I come down there with my hat caved in, Doo-dah! doo-dah! I go back home with a pocket full of tin, Oh! doo-dah day! (Chorus) The long tail filly and the big black hoss, Doo-dah! Doo-dah! fly the track and they both cut across, Oh! doo-dah day! The blind hoss stick in a big mud hole, Doo-dah! doo-dah! I can’t touch bottom with a ten foot pole, Oh! doo-dah day! (Chorus) Old muley cow come on to the track, Doo-dah! Doo-dah! The bob-tail fling her over his back, Oh! doo-dah day! Then fly along like a rail-road car, Doo-dah! doo-dah! runnin’ a race with a shootin’ star, Oh! doo-dah day! (Chorus) See them flyin’ in a ten mile heat, Doo-dah! Doo-dah! ’round the race track, then repeat, Oh! doo-dah day! I win my money on the bob-tail nag, Doo-dah! doo-dah! keep my money in an old tow bag, Oh! doo-dah day! (Chorus)"
Jack Halloran was a television music writer and conductor who worked for such greats as Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, and scored countless films.