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This Joyful Birth

Saturday, 2 December, 2023 at 7:30 pm

This Joyful Birth

Stile Antico

Little St Mary’s Church, Cambridge, United Kingdom

We are delighted to launch our new Christmas programme at Little St Mary’s Church, Cambridge, on Saturday 2nd December at 7.30pm.

Our programme recounts the journey to the manger in a glorious sequence of music from mediaeval and Renaissance Europe. We follow each scene of the Christmas story, beginning in Advent and moving through to the Nativity, the visits of the Shepherds and the Wise Men, and finally to the Feast of Candlemas. Nearly every major composer of the period is represented in a feast of festive music: highlights include Victoria’s intimate O magnum mysterium, thrilling motets by Byrd, Lassus and Sheppard, mediaeval carols, and irresistible dances from Spain and Germany.

PlainchantConditor alma siderum

John Taverner: Audivi vocem de caelo
Heinrich Schütz: O lieber Herre Gott
William Byrd: Laetentur caeli

Sebastián de Vivanco: Ave Maria
Anon: There is no Rose of such virtue
Johannes Eccard: Übers Gebirg Maria geht

Tomás Luis da Victoria: O magnum mysterium
Matteo Flecha: El Jubilate
Michael Praetorius: Ein Kind geboren

Jacobus Clemens non Papa: Pastores quidnam vidistis
Claudio Monteverdi: Rutilante in nocte 
Richard Dering: Quem vidistis pastores 

Luca MarenzioTribus miraculis
Francisco Guerrero: A un niño llorando
John Sheppard: Reges Tharsis

Giovanni da Palestrina: Senex puerum portabat
Johannes Eccard: Maria wallt zum Heiligtum
William Byrd: Nunc dimittis from Great Servicea5

Orlande de Lassus: Resonet in laudibus



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