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Concerts 2015-16

 John Gibbons conductor


At the Court of Krakow

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Saturday 2 July 2016

St Saviour’s Church   7.30pm

Choral music by Zielenski, Anerio, Scacchi, Gorczycki, Borkowski & Panufnik


Poland has a rich history of choral music, going back to the thirteenth  century. During the sixteenth century, the royal  Court at Krakow stimulated rapid growth and innovation in music, both by local-born composers and by visiting Italians. Later sources of inspiration included Polish folk tunes and dances, made famous by Chopin among others. More recently, the end of communist rule led to a revival of musical creativity, so that now, Polish composers, some of whom returned from exile, are in full voice.

This concert will feature some of the best Polish choral music, both old and new, most setting sacred texts in Latin. Works from   the early seventeenth century will include Giovanni Anerio’s Cantate Domino, a four- part motet with text taken from Psalm 149; and four pieces by Poland’s greatest early- era composer, Mikolaj Zielenski (Inveni David servum meum; In monte Oliveti; Elegerunt apostoli; and the twelve-part Magnificat).

Poland’s prolific Baroque era is well represented by Marco Scacchi’s Vobis datum est and by ‘Poland’s Handel’, Grzegorz Gorczycki, whose Laetatus sum is a fine example of the concertante  style.

Foremost among contemporary Polish composers of choral music is Marian Borkowski, several of whose unaccompanied works will feature in this programme. Those with sacred texts will include his Sanctus, Gloria II and Pater Noster. Borkowski’s choral music has a humanistic,  all-embracing value which is not confined to Christian beliefs, where his depth of feeling gives a new meaning to familiar texts. More
personal works of his will include Adoramus, dedicated to his wife, and Lullaby I and II, dedicated to his son Tomasz.

Another contemporary composer of Polish ancestry, well known to British audiences is Roxanna Panufnik whose Sleep Little Jesus will round off a melodious and varied selection of works.

The concert will be conducted by the Chamber Choir’s Music Director, John Gibbons, with violin and organ accompaniment.

Tickets £14 (£5 child/student)
Tel 07570 454744 or email tickets@stalbanschamberchoir.org.uk
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