Southern Oregon Early Music fans are looking forward to two upcoming performances of Gothic Voices Medieval Choir, directed by Pat O’Scannell, in Ashland on June 30, 2018 and July 1, 2018 in Medford.
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The concert, Before the Armada, features music of Spain and England written before 1588, the date of the Battle of the Spanish Armada, in a program featuring English works by 15th Century composers John Dunstable and Walter Frye, and Spanish works from several important early medieval codexes, including the Libre Vermell de Montserrat, Codex las Huelgas, and selections from the ‘Missa de Barcelona’, and anonymous polyphonic mass of the 14th Century.
This music is rich and rhythmically intricate, and is based ‘modes’, the medieval equivalent of scales, but very nuanced compared to our modern major and minor scales.
Ensemble Fontegara, Renaissance Recorders will open for Gothic Voices playing selections from the Odhecaton a collection of French Chansons (songs) by early Northern Masters such as Josquin des Prez, Johannes Ockeghem and Heinrich Isaac.
Gothic Voices, Ashland’s only Medieval Choir, specializes in early sacred polyphony.
Renaissance Recorder Group, Ensemble Fontegara offers the unique and very specific sound and timbres of a ‘closed consort’ of recorders playing together. The group focuses on repertoire appropriate for Renaissance style recorders, most recently Renaissance French Chanson, or songs.