Bach, Tallis and Vaughan Williams

Thursday, May 16, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Thursday, 16 May 2013 at 7:30 pm

Assigned seating $75 and $55; Open seating $40 or $30 students/seniors. You may buy tickets at the door for cash or check made out to Saint Thomas Church. 

Door opens at 6:30 pm–concert ends at 9:30 pm

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230; Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227– J. S. Bach
Why fumeth in fight; Magnificat octavi toni- T. Tallis
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Fantasia on Greensleeves;
Five Mystical Songs – R. Vaughan Williams

Prime and Preferred seats are assigned in the center and on front sides. Standard, student/senior tickets are open seating (first come first served) at the back, sides and balcony.

The motet is the oldest compositional genre in European polyphonic art music. Its history can be followed without interruption from its beginning in the 12th century up to our own day, and it was always regarded as representative of the highest musical artistry.
This concert begins with two of J.S. Bach’s six Baroque period motets, composed for his St. Thomas Choir in Leipzig. The program also include works by Thomas Tallis, the leading English Renaissance composer. Tallis wrote eight tunes for the Psalter published in 1567 by Matthew Parker, Elizabeth’s Archbishop of Canterbury. Centuries later, the setting of Psalm 2, Why fumeth in fight, a tune in the third mode, inspired R. Vaughan Williams to compose his Fantasy on a theme by Thomas Tallis. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs this work and Fantasia on Greensleeves, both scored for strings by Vaughan Williams.
The concert concludes with Five Mystical Songs, which Vaughan Williams wrote between 1906 and 1911, setting four poems by George Herbert from his 1633 collection The Temple: Sacred Poems. Like Herbert’s simple verse, the songs convey the spirituality of the original text. The final Antiphon, which is often performed on its own as a church anthem, is a triumphant hymn of praise sung by the choir: ‚ÄúLet all the world in every corner sing.‚Äù