AVE MARIS STELLA

December 16, 2011 at 8 PM

St. Catherine of Siena
814 NE 85th Street
Seattle, WA  98115

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and

December 18, 2011 at 2 PM

Our Lady Star of the Sea
1513 6th Ave
Bremerton, Wa  98337

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CREDO from William Byrd’s Mass for Three Voices

Canonici gives its premiere performances in Seattle and on the peninsula in Bremerton with our first concert of the season, Ave Maris Stella. This program features Marian music by two of the greatest Catholic composers of the Renaissance, Dufay and Byrd. Dufay composed some of his greatest Marian works for an ensemble of three voices as was the convention of the time. Byrd, however, choose this more intimate voicing for the private devotions of recusant families in a time when he and his colleagues more often wrote larger-scale music. Byrd’s Mass for Three Voices serves as the cornerstone of this Advent program, which also includes music by Leonel Power, Gilles Binchois, and Robert Fayrfax.

 

PROGRAM

Mass for Three Voices   William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
Ave Maris Stella
   chant
Ave Maris Stella
   Guillaume Dufay (1397?-1474)
Ave Maris Stella
   William Byrd
Alma redemptoris Mater
   Guillaume Dufay
Ave Regina
   Leonel Power (c.1370-1445)
Magnificat
   Gilles Binchois (c.1400-1460)
Beata progenies
   Leonel Power
Benedicite!
   Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)

A selection of carols including:

Angelus ad Virginem
Lullay My Liking
Hayl, Mary, ful of grace
Mervele noght, Josep