May 1 seems a good time to air out madrigals. This day also marks the 100th anniversary of Leo Sowerby, a prominent American composer in the first half of the 20th Century.
Also in this program, we feature some rediscovered music that the Stanford Savoyards have resurrected for their new production of The Yeoman of the Guard.
Themes of the month:
Clocks, bells or mechanical contraptions: Sonnerie de Ste Genevièves du Mont-de-Paris, and Carillon de Westminster.
National songs: Variations on "America".
Leo Sowerby: I was glad (CD: Choral Music (Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street; of Leo Sowerby) Larry King) Leo Sowerby: Poem (CD: Violin and Organ: (Robert Murray, violin; Ardyth Lohuis, The Murray/Lohuis Duo) organ) Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in D for 2 violins and 2 (CD: Vivaldi Concerti) cellos (Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood) Marin de Marais: Sonnerie de Ste Geneviève du (CD: Tous les matins Mont-de-Paris du monde (soundtrack)) (Fabio Biondi, violin; Jordi Savall, bass viol; Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord; Rolf Lislevand, theorbo) Louis Vierne: Carillon de Westminster (CD: Great Toccatas) (Marie-Claire Alain, organ) Thomas Morley: Now is the Month of Maying (CD: King's Singers (The King's Singers) 20th Anniversary Celebration Sampler) Thomas Morley: April is in my Mistress's Face (CD: Draw on, (The Hilliard Ensemble) sweet night) Henry Purcell: Sweeter than Roses (CD: Sweeter Hark the Echoing Air than Roses) (Drew Minter, countertenor) John Wilbye: Sweet Honey-sucking bees (CD: Draw on, (The Hilliard Ensemble) sweet night) John Wilbye: Flora gave me fairest flowers (LP: Oxford Book of (Pro Cantione Antiqua) English Madrigals) The Oak and the Ash (CD: King's Singers (King's Singers) 20th Anniversary Celebration Sampler) Alistair McAlpine's Lament (CD: Folk Songs) (Westminster Choir; Joseph Flummerfelt) Ralph Vaughan Williams: I sowed the seeds of Love (CD: Greensleeves) Early in the Spring (London Madrigal Society) Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five English Folksongs The dark-eyed sailor The springtime of the year As the tide was flowing The lover's ghost Wassail song (San Francisco Choral Artists) Morley: My Bonny Lass She Smileth (LP: Oxford Book of (Pro Cantione Antiqua) English Madrigals) PDQ Bach: My Bonny Lass She Smelleth (CD: PDQ Bach: The Stoned Guest) Arthur S. Sullivan: Overture to Yeoman of the Guard (CD: Sullivan (Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Overtures) Sir Alexander Faris) Arthur S. Sullivan: When jealous torments rack my soul (from Yeoman of the Guard) (Neill Midkiff (Shadbolt); Stanford Savoyards) Arthur S. Sullivan: When the Foeman Bares his Steel (CD: A Gilbert & (from Pirates of Penzance) Sullivan Gallery) (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company) Arthur S. Sullivan: When all night long a chap remains (CD: Iolanthe) (Owen Brannigan (Willis); D'Oyly Carte Opera Company; Isidore Godfrey) Percy Grainger: Country Gardens (CD: Country Gardens) Shepherd's Hey (Eastman Wind Symphony; Rochester Pops; Frederick Fennell) Arthur S. Sullivan: Act I Finale (from Yeoman of the Guard) (Stanford Savoyards) Arthur S. Sullivan: I am the very model of the modern (CD: The Pirates major general of Penzance) (Sir John Reed (Major General); D'Oyly Carte Opera Company; Isidore Godfrey) Tom Lehrer: The Elements (CD: An Evening (Wasted) with Tom Lehrer) Alexader Glazunov: Violin Concerto in c minor (Josef Sivo, violin; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Horst Stein) Charles Ives: Variations on "America" (arranged W. Schumann) (Seattle Symphony; Gerard Schwartz)
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