Re: Choral Singing at Gulf Wars
- Good gentles,
Thank you all for all the suggestions. I'll certainly add them to the "Noontime Singing" biner.
One note though, on one of Melissent's recommendations:
I've taught a couple of workshops on "Research as it Pertains to Song in the SCA". It examines the scholarship out there, and how it applies to casual singing, or a local choir or ensemble working up a informal presentation before court, or an A&S competition entry.
And the Piece in Question for that workshop is "Mon Coeur se Recommende a Vous" by Orlando di Lasso.
Let's say that you saw a performance:
and you decided to perform it at an event. How do books like "A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music" by Jeffery Kite-Powell, or "Companion to Medieval and Renaissance Music", compiled by Knighton & Fallows, help a performance group?
Hearing a piece, how do you track it down?
The Choral Public Domain Library http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
The IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library for instrumental works http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page
Sheet Music Plus commercial site with previews
Google Scholar, which filters out a lot of random sites
"Old Manuscripts and Incunabula" should be familiar to scribes http://www.omifacsimiles.com/
Go to your university music library and ask for help.
So, we find the sheet music at the CPDL: http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/5/55/Mon_coeur_se_recommande_a_vous.pdf
In this case, we find a note on the CPDL website: "Description: Lassus wrote an intricate polyphonic piece on the same text, which has nothing to do with this simple harmonization, which probably dates from the 19th century.
Whoops! Tracing publications back, it looks like the first misattribution of this piece to Lassus was the Schirmer editions of the 1930's.
I know that one publication of the piece was in "Les meslanges d'Orlande de Lassus" by Adrian le Roy and Robert Ballard in 1576. But there must have been an earlier publication, because we have two previously-published parody chansons based off it:
One by Gerard de Turnhout in the collection "Sacrarum ac alia cantionum trium vocum, tam viva voce, quam instrumentis cantatu commodissimarum," published by Pierre Phalese in 1569,
And another by Jean de Castro, part of "Livre de chansons nouvellement compose' a troys parties par Jo. Castro", published by the same Adrian le Roy and Robert Ballard in 1575.
The CPDL site claims: "This polyphonic composition appeared for the first time in "Tiers livre des chansons a 4,5 & 6 parties nouvellement composées par Orlando di Lassus", 1560."
http://blowthyhorn.com/choralMusicEditions/mon_coeur/mon_coeur.pdf (In 3 flats)
http://arenai.free.fr/Database/Partitions/@las_mc.pdf (in 1 flat)
The Lassus piece is not nearly so well known, and is perhaps too intricate for a casual collection of singers.
Yours in service,