Thursday, April 21, 2011

New York Polyphony, et al.: Lamentations of Jeremiah, Part I

Here is New York Polyphony singing "Lamentations of Jeremiah for Maundy Thursday." Unfortunately, it doesn't say whose! I think Palestrina, though. [EDIT: No, not. Luis, in the comments, doubted this - and he was right; the Lamentations here are from Thomas Crecquillon, says the listing (see full text in the comments). The same concert, then, probably, as that in video #3 below. Thanks, Luis.] The blurb says "My End is My Beginning at The Church of the Ascension, New York City, 5 November 2009."

This seems to be from the same concert; the blurb says "Bora Yoon performs with New York Polyphony, The Church of the Ascension, New York, 5 November 2009." And also that "note: the repetitive "static" you hear is part of Bora Yoon's improvisation." Haunting, really.

This is New York polyphony, too: "Lamentations of Jeremiah: Jerusalem by Thomas Crecquillon."


Luís Henriques said...

The first video is not Palestrina. There are some features in both melody and harmony that don't fit in his style, but more in the franco-flemish. i.e. the rhythm in 0:40, the "harmony" of 1:25-...

bls said...

Thanks, Luis; I wonder who, then?

If you should ever figure it out, would you come back and let us know?

Or maybe I can find the concert program online; let me see if so.

Thanks much, again.

bls said...

Well, that didn't take long! It's Thomas Crecquillon, from the same piece as video #3, no doubt.

The "on the program" list is here; this is the complete text from that link:

New York Polyphony
Sicut lilium – Antoine Brumel (c. 1460-1515)
Absalon fili mi – Josquin Des Prez (c. 1450/55-1521)
Vox in Rama – Jacobus Clemens non Papa (c. 1515-1555/56)
Lamentations of Jeremiah – Thomas Crecquillon (c. 1505-1557)
Ma fin est mon commencement – Jackson Hill (b. 1941) A New York Polyphony Commission/ New York Premiere

( (( PHONATION )) ) by Bora Yoon to consist of:
Semaphore Conductus (Yoon)
A choral sound installation sung in surround, inspired by the conduction of energy, the language of signals, and sound. Performed within a sound design of shortwave radio number system transmissions, Morse code, cell phone sounds, and heartbeats, the surround choir (New York Polyphony) and Bora Yoon create a stereophonic performance piece, incorporating altered early music techniques of Latin conductus through hocket (a rhythmic technique using alternating notes and/or gestures), ventriloquated double choir, and antiphonal calls through the history and evolution of signaling and sound devices (conch, gramophone, megaphone, cell phone). Commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of NYC.
O Pastor Animarum (Bingen)
Antiphon chant by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), a visionary abbess, composer, and mystic of the 12th century. Features site-specific sounds, including the organ and tower church bells of the Church of the Ascension.
O Viridissima Virga (Hail, O Greenest Branch) (Bingen)
An antiphon chant by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), newly arranged and innovated with modern day instruments and found sounds -- using voice, organ, piano, Buddabox II, turntable, cell phone, chimestix, and more.
Father Time (Yoon)
A chance operation piece featuring multiple phasing metronomes – outlining arrhythmia, and the various moving components of time.
Sons Nouveaux (Yoon)
A multi-instrumental soundscape using voice, viola, megaphone, Morse code, and walkie-talkie. An impressive soundscape that builds and culminates into a soaring stratosphere of sound, timbre, and acoustics. From the acclaimed solo CD ( (( PHONATION )) ).
Bangkok (Yoon)
A dark multiphonic soundscape featuring Subwoofing Spoons -- a custom-built original instrument, designed by Bora Yoon with Brooklyn’s League of Electronic Musicians & Urban Robots (LEMUR) during her Spring residency, that gives bass hits worthy of a dance hall. Inspired by the sounds and sensations felt from recent travels to Bangkok, Thailand.
New work(s): (Yoon)
A new song cycle featuring voice accompanied by the Buddhabox, a lo-fi speaker instrument used for meditation, used by Brian Eno, along with other sonic sundries.

New York Polyphony and Bora Yoon
Beata viscera – Perotinus (c. 1200-?)
Puis qu’on oubli – Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300-1377)
Vos qui admiramini/Gratissima virgini/Gaude gloriosa – Phillippe DeVitry (c. 1291-1361)
Ma fin est mon commencement – Machaut
Lamentations of Jeremiah – Thomas Crecquillon (c. 1505-1557)

Luís Henriques said...

Thanks. It really sounded like franco-flemish music.


bls said...

What an ear you have! I'm very impressed....



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