A Banquet of Seasonal English Music
Celebrate the holidays with a repast of English music ranging from the earliest carols to arrangements of favorites like Greensleeves. Actor Rick Foucheux reads comical passages from the Folger’s 1619 manuscript A Christmas Messe—recounting a tussle between King Beef and King Brawn—offers lively accompaniment to a main course of beloved Yuletide music. A wonderful Christmas feast indeed! With strings, harp, organ, winds, and chamber choir.
In conjunction with the Folger exhibition Churchill’s Shakespeare, on display October 6 through January 6.
Music that appears on this program includes:
Anonymously composed carols and music from medieval and early modern England: Thys Yol; Angelus ad virginem/Gabriel fram hevene-king; Alleluia Nativitas; The boares head; There is no rose; Nowell sing we; Tappster, Dyrngker; Greensleeves; Long cold nights
Later English holiday favorites: While shepherds watched their flocks by night; Dives and Lazarus; Hark! The herald angels sing
Sub Arturo plebs/Fons citharizancium by John Aleyn (died 1373)
Green groweth the holly by King Henry VIII (1491-1547)
Ah, my dear son by Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)
Music by William Byrd (1538-1623): O magnum mysterium; From Virgin's womb/Rejoice, rejoice; Laetentur coeli
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), arranged by Christopher Kendall for period instruments
Mr. D. James Baker and Mrs. Emily Lind Baker
This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.