73 Main Street
University of New Hampshire
The 2013-2014 Season of the UNH Celebrity Series
Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field. Much in demand in concert, the group performs regularly throughout Europe and North America.
The term stile antico, pronounced STEE-lay an-TEE-co, literally means 'old style'. It was coined during the seventeenth century to describe the style of Renaissance church composition epitomised by the music of Palestrina - polyphonic and imitative in texture, even in rhythm, strictly controlled in its use of dissonance - as opposed to the modern developments in the works of Monteverdi and his contemporaries.
The group's repertoire ranges from the glorious legacy of the English Tudor composers to the works of the Flemish and Spanish schools and the music of the early Baroque.
Treasures of the Renaissance
Masterpieces from the Golden Age of choral music
A rich and enticingly varied journey through some of the most outstanding music of the Renaissance. The fifteen different composers represented here span a vast range of styles, from the intensity and fervour of the Flemish masters at the opening, by way of the distinctive and exquisite sound-world of Tudor and Jacobean England, to the polychoral fireworks of Vivanco and Praetorius. At the heart of our programme is John McCabe’s Woefully arrayed, a tour-de-force of choral textures based on a mediaeval text, written especially for the twelve voices of Stile Antico.
|Magnificat primi toni||Nicolas Gombert (c. 1495 – c. 1560)|
Ego flos campi
Jacobus Clemens non Papa (c. 1510 – c. 1555)
|William Byrd (c. 1540 – 1623)|
Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
John McCabe (b. 1939)
|O praise the Lord|
The Lord’s Prayer
O clap your hands
|Thomas Tomkins (1572 – 1656)|
John Sheppard (c. 1515 – 1558)
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
O magnum mysterium
Veni, dilecti mi
Tota pulchra es
|Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – 1594)|
Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611)
Sebastián de Vivanco (c. 1551 – 1622)
Hortus Conclusus Rodrigo de Ceballos (c. 1525 – 1581)
Hieronymus Praetorius (1560 – 1629)
Duration: approximately eighty minutes, not including interval.
Stile Antico’s programmes are always introduced by members of the ensemble, and wherever possible take advantage of the spatial possibilities afforded by their venue.