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Christmas in Medieval England (2017)

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

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I. Advent
13th-century French?
Veni, veni, Emanuel

II. Annunciation
Arundel MS (late 13th century)
Angelus ad virginem
Cotton Fragments (14th century)
Gabriel fram Heven-King
John Dunstaple (d. 1453)
Alma redemptoris mater (Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary from Advent to Candlemas)
Trinity Roll (early 15th century)
Hayl Mary, ful of grace
Quam pulcra es (Processional antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Leonel Power (d. 1445)
Gloria (Old Hall MS, no. 21)
Trinity Roll
Ther is no rose of swych vertu
Ibo michi ad montem mirre
(Antiphon for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

III. Christmas Eve
Sarum plainchant
Veni redemptor gencium (Hymn for first Vespers of the Nativity on Christmas Eve)


IV. Christmas Day
Sarum plainchant
Dominus dixit ad me (Introit for the Mass at Cock-Crow on Christmas Day)
Selden MS (15th century)
Nowel! Owt of your slepe aryse
Pycard (?fl. 1410-20)
Gloria (Old Hall MS, no. 27)
Selden MS
Ecce, quod natura
Anonymous English, c. 1440
Sanctus / Missa Veterem hominem
Egerton MS (15th century)
Ave rex angelorum
Anonymous English, c. 1440
Agnus dei / Missa Veterem hominem
Trinity Roll
Nowel syng we bothe al and som

Blue Heron
Jennifer Ashe, Pamela Dellal, Martin Near, Daniela Tošić, cantus
Michael Barrett, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Mark Sprinkle, tenor & countertenor
Paul Guttry, David McFerrin, bassus
Scott Metcalfe, harp, director