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Simon Carrington Directs "Celebrating the Magnificent Mr. Telemann"VineyardSoundNeptune

Friday, December 1st at 8 pm, First Lutheran Church in Boston

Saturday, December 2nd at 8 pm, John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth

Tickets at door: $20 general/$10 students and seniors

Telemann was the leading musician of his day, standing heads above Handel and Bach. A law student when he came to Leipzig, but already proficient on several instruments and in composition, he did not abstain from writing more music for both choral and instrumental ensembles, including opera. He was equally talented in attracting young talented musicians to his cause of promoting regular public concerts. Eventually he abandoned the study of jurisprudence and became head of music at the Leipzig University church. From Leipzig he went to court positions in eastern Germany, then continued his trajectory with successive positions as director of city music, including opera, first in Frankfurt and finally Hamburg. Good humor and good health kept him active for almost two decades after Bach's death.

Telemann's legacy includes more than 2000 works of sacred music, the bulk of them cantatas for various Sundays and feast days of the church year. He began composing cantatas already as a law student in Leipzig, and in his final position as director of the city music in Hamburg, was regularly turning out two new cantatas a week. Some time in the early 1700s, he became acquainted with the French overture style and assigned himself the task of writing over 200 pieces in that style in order to master the genre -- imagine, over 200 pieces in just one year!

Our program's first section combines two French overture-anchored pieces, an early cantata from the 1714-1717 period and an overture from 1723 written for the centenary of Hamburg's Admiralty (the equivalent of our Merchant Marine and Coast Guard). An instrumental piece, one of six quartets published in Paris for flute, violin, viola da gamba, and bass accompaniment follows. Among the many chamber group compositions composed by Telemann for virtuoso players, the Paris quartets were published in 1737 when Telemann was invited to be in residence there by a group of prominent virtuoso players.

The final work on the program, Telemann's German Magnificat, dates from his Hamburg years and demonstrates his mastery of newfangled composition styles, though marked by dancelike passages. Most remarkable is that even in his old age, Telemann was keenly aware of new developments in compositional technique and sought to incorporate them in his works. Thus, unlike Bach, Telemann became a master of the so-called galant style, which characterizes the Magnificat.

Canto Armonico in Previous Concerts

August 26th, September 1st and September 2nd, 2017 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
Vanished Glories from Across the Channel
Church of the Messiah, Woods Hole; Stadtkirche, Preetz (Schleswig Holstein, Germany); St. Petri und St. Pauli Bergedorf, Hamburg
Program Notes
Thomas Tallis: Te Lucis ante Terminum, Loquebantur variis Linguis, If Ye Love Me
Giovanni Bassano: Salvator Mundi
Heinrich Isaac: Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Assumpta est Maria, Ave Maria
William Cornysh: Magnificat
William Byrd: Infelix Ego, Sing Joyfully

June 16th, 2017 (Ulf Wellner, director)
Vespers for the Dresden Reformation Jubilee of 1617
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Samuel Scheidt: Toccata super In te Domine speravi, Komm, Heiliger Geist; Ein feste Burg
Heinrich Schütz: Becker Psalms 100, 116; Psalms of David 98 (Singet dem Herrn), 115; Verleih uns Frieden
Michael Praetorius: Magnificat IX. Toni (Musae Sionae I), Deo dicamus
Jacob Praetorius: Herr Gott, dich loben wir

December 9th and 10th, 2016 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
A Renaissance, Baroque, and early 20th-century Christmas (presented by Music Matters)
La Grua Center, Stonington CT
Christmas in the Age of Reformation
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Michael Praetorius: Magnificat super Angelus ad Pastores, Frohlock o Tochter Zion, Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Quem pastores laudavere
Hugo Distler: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Heinrich Schütz: Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk
Jacob Handl: O admirabile commercium
William Walton: Make We Joy, What Cheer!, All This Time
John Sheppard: Verbum caro factus est
Benjamin Britten: Sweet was the Song (from Christ's Nativity)
Josef Rheinberger: Rorate coeli

September 3-4, and September 10th, 2016 (Ulf Wellner, director)
Vespers for St. John's Day with music from Michael Praetorius and his circle
St. Martini, Minden and Holy Cross Church, Celle
Church of St. Nicholas, Creuzburg (presented by the Michael Praetorius Society of Creuzburg)
Michael Praetorius: Aeterno gratias patri, Magnificat IX. Toni (Musae Sionae I), Christ unser Herr, Deo dicamus
Ludwig Senfl: Psalm 117 (Laudate dominum omnes gentes)
Heinrich Schütz: Becker Psalm 141
Hieronymus Praetorius: Puer qui natus est

August 20th, September 8th and 11th, 2016 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
Devotion Across the Channel
St. Christopher's Church, Chatham
Castle Church, Hämelschenburg, Germany
St. Michael's Church, Windischholzhausen, Erfurt
Thomas Tallis: Honor virtus et potestas, Why fum'th in sight the Gentiles spite, Salvator Mundi II, Miserere nostri, If Ye Love Me
John Sheppard: Libera nos, Sancte Dei pretiosi, Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria
William Byrd: Laudate pueri Dominum, Christe qui lux es et dies, Ne irascaris Domine satis, Miserere mihi Domine, Sing Joyfully, O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth

October 24, 2015 (Simon Carrington, director)
Devotion and Ceremony across the Channel: Music of Charpentier, Nivers, and Grier
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Litanies de la Vierge, Te Deum
Francis Grier: Three Devotions
Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers: Suite IV du 4e Ton

July 11, 2015 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
Celestial Harmonies, Divine Inspiration: Music for the Tudors (presented by the Cape Cod Early Music Festival)
St. Mary's Church, Barnstable
Program Notes
Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me, Honor Virtus et Potestas, Miserere Nostri, Salvator Mundi
John Sheppard: Libera Nos, Sancte Dei Pretiose, Gaude Maria
William Byrd: O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth, Laudate Pueri Dominum, Christe Qui Lux es et Dies, Miserere Mihi Domine, Infelix Ego

June 13, 2015 (Ulf Wellner, director)
Festive Vespers for Trinity from Lübeck's Marienkirches, ca. 1660
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Anonymous: Invocamus Te, Florilegium Portense
Franz Tunder/Giovanni Rovetta: Salve mi Jesu
Giovanni Rovetta: Laudate Dominum Quinto Tuono, Magnificat
Alessandro Grandi: Nisi Dominus
Franz Tunder: Präludium in F, Komm Heiliger Geist
This program was conceived by Professor Kerala Snyder.

March 7, 2015 (Debra Lenssen, director)
A Pilgrim’s Journey: The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Distler: selections from Mörike-Chorliederbuch
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
William Byrd: Ye Sacred Muses, Fantasia a 4, Ne Irascaris Domine, Infelix Ego
This program was dedicated to the memory of Owen Jander, indefatigable proponent of early music at Wellesley College, who passed away at the end of January 2015. Singer, choral director, dynamic and demanding teacher, Owen was also a visionary. His legacy lives on in the novel Fisk organ at Wellesley, built in the 17th-century style, and in the impressive number of viola da gamba players who were beneficiaries of the free lessons he arranged at the college.

December 21, 2014 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
Christmas Vespers at First Lutheran
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Hieronymus Praetorius: Magnificat V. Toni
John Sheppard: Verbum Caro Factus Est

August 16, 2014 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
Vespers for the Feast of the Assumption
St. Mary’s Church, Barnstable
John Sheppard: Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Assumpta es Maria
Josquin des Pres: Ave Maria, Virgo Serena

June 25-26, 2014 (Ulf Wellner, director)
A Praetorius Organvespers for the Feast of Pentecost
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Two sold-out performances for the national biennial convention of the American Guild of Organists
Program Notes
Hieronymus Praetorius: Herr Gott, dich loben wir
Michael Praetorius: Komm, heiliger Geist; Der heilig Geist vom Himmel kam; Benedicamus Domino, Christus scandens in coelum
Heinrich Schütz: Herr, wie gross sind deiner Werk

December 20, 2013 (Simon Carrington, director)
Imperial Splendor at Salzburg Cathedral
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Ruprecht Ignaz Mayr: Domine ad adjuvandum me; Sancta Maria, mater Dei
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Vesperae Longiores ac breviores; Sonata II in A
Giovanni Legrenzi: Alma redemptoris Mater
Leopold I: Ave Maris stella
Georg Muffat: Toccata prima in d; Toccata secunda in g

June 15, 2013 (Ulf Wellner, director)
A North German Organvespers for the Feast of St. John the Baptist
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Hieronymus Praetorius: Puer qui natus est
Michael Praetorius: Aeterna gratias tibi; Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
Heinrich Schütz: Herr, mein Gott, wenn ich ruf zu dir (Becker Psalm 141)
Buxtehude: Laudate pueri; Magnificat primi toni
Senfl: Laudate dominum

November 10, 2012
Songs of Farewell, Messages to Myself
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry: Songs of Farewell
William Byrd: Miserere mihi, Domine
Christopher Theofanidis: Messages to Myself
William Byrd: Laudibus in Sanctis

April 16, 2012 (Philip Cave, director)
Easter Music, ca. 1600, for Courts and Free Cities
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Philippe Rogier: Missa Domine, Dominus Noster
Philippe Rogier: Regina Caeli
William Byrd: Easter propers from the Gradualia
Hieronymus Praetorius: Tulerunt Dominum and Jubilate Deo

October 22, 2011 (Cheryl Ryder, director with Balint Karosi, organ)
A Liszt Bicentennial
St. Cecilia's Church, Boston
Franz Liszt: Ave Maria, Tantum Ergo, O heilige Nacht
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

June 18, 2011
A Praetorius Organvespers for Pentecost
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Hieronymus Praetorius: Dixit Dominus
Michael Praetorius: Komm, heiliger Geist
Heinrich Schütz: Herr, wie gross sind deiner Werk
Hieronymus Praetorius: Te Deum
Jacob Handl: Emitte Spiritum

October 24, 2010
Magnificat, the Song of Mary
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
William Cornysh: Magnificat (Caius Choirbook)
Philippe Rogier: Sancta Maria, succurre miseris
Bálint Karosi: Ne Timeas, Maria
Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach: Magnificat (1749)

November 19, 2006
There is Sweet Music
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Thomas Tallis: Honor, Virtus et Potestas
William Cornysh: Ave Maria, Mater Dei (Eton Choirbook)
William Cornysh: Salve Regina (Eton Choirbook)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs
Charles Villiers Stanford: The Blue Bird
Edward Elgar: Four Unaccompanied Partsongs, op. 53

December 16, 2005
O Admirabile Commercium
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Jakob Handl: O Admirabile Commercium
Frank Martin: Messe für zweivierstimmige Chör
Thomas Stoltzer: A Solis Ortus Cardine
Samuel Scheidt: Christum wir sollen loben schon
Max Reger: Unser lieben Frauen Traum
Johann Pachelbel: Magnificat
Hans Leo Hassler: O Admirabile Commercium
Giovanni Bassano: Hodie Christus Natus est

May 30, 2003
Faire is the Heaven: Music of the Anglican Revival
Church of the Advent, Boston
Herbert Howells: Behold o God, Our Defender
Lennox Berkeley: The Lord is my Shepherd
William H. Harris: Faire is the Heaven
Gerald Finzi: Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice
William H. Harris: Bring Us, O Lord
Herbert Howells: Requiem