The Song Company continues its grand tour of European polyphony with Antoine Brumel’s 12 -part Earthquake Mass.
The second in The Song Company’s 2022 Underground series is the first program presented solely by the dozen SongCo Apprentices, who are recreating this incredible piece by learning it from the original choirbook notation written out for a Bavarian performance in the 1570s, led by none other than Lassus. The program has tow concertsin Sydney and tours to Newcastle and Canberra.
Singing from the manuscript has been a consistent focus of The Song Compny’s explorations of early vocal music in recent years and it is now the
turn of a new generation of singers to learn these long-lost skills. The Missa Et ecce terre motus stands at one end of Renaissance polyphony in terms of its 12-part harmonic landscape, which is slowmoving and highly-decorated in the individual singers’ melodic lines around the foundational plainchant. The final pages of the manuscript are lost to the ravages of time, so in their place it seems appropriate to sing a 12-part homage to Brumel’s Mass from the Missa Tempore Paschali by Nicolas Gombert – himself believed to be a pupil of Josquin. Reverberating in-between the movements of Brumel’s masterpiece are modern works for six to twelve voices by Alice Chance and Antony Pitts on the themes of love and resurrection.
The program: Antoine Brumel: Missa Et ecce terrae motus (The ‘Earthquake’ Mass) a 12/ Alice Chance: Aurora Eora/ Antony Pitts: Tres Antiphonae Paschae/ Alice Chance: Precious Colours/ Nicolas Gombert: Missa Tempore Paschali / Agnus Dei a 12
The performers: The SongCo Apprentices
Sopranos: Elise Morton, Lily Harper, Nicola Chau/ Altos: Emma Warburton, Stephanie Macindoe, Cassandra Doyle/ Tenors: Alex Gorbatov, Alexander Caldwell, David Lee/ Basses: Brendan McRae, Jesse van Proctor, Lincoln Law/ Antony Pitts, Artistic Director – Director/ with Koen van Stade, Principal Artist, tenor.
Sun 24 April 2022, 3pm Wollongong Art Gallery
Tue 26 March 2022, 7pm Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle
Fri 29 April 2022, 7pm St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Sun 1 May 2022, 1:30pm The Neilson Theatre, Pier 2/3 ACO Pier 2/3 Opening Festival