Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Christmas and Love

English renaissance madrigals and carols in untraditional arrangements.

Tuesday 11 December 2018 13:00 — Children’s Hospital (entrance hall), Černopolní 9, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic. (Wheelchair accessible)

Further performances — click here to show all
Th 06.12.2018 19:00 Bučovice château, 685 01 Bučovice
Sa 15.12.2018 17:00 Church of the Assumption, 500 03 Hradec Králové
Su 16.12.2018 16:00 Institute of Archaeology, 696 19 Mikulčice
Su 06.01.2019 18:30 Museum of Applied Arts, 602 00 Brno


OctOpus Vocalis:
instrumental ensemble (as guests):


Henry VIII (1491 – 1547) Pastime with good company
Anonymus (17th c.)  While by my sheep I watched
Anonymus  Wassail Song
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) Flow, my tears
William Byrd (ca. 1540 – 1623) Though Amaryllis dance in green
Thomas Morley (ca. 1558 – 1602) I love, alas, I love thee
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) Now, o now I needs must part
Francis Pilkington (ca. 1565 – 1638) Rest, sweet nymphs, let golden sleep
Anonymus (16th c.) Sweet was the song the Virgin sang
Thomas Morley (ca. 1558 – 1602) Sing we and chant it
Adrian Willaert (ca. 1490 – 1562) Vecchie letrose, non valete niente
Thomas Crecquillon (ca. 1505 – 1557) Ung gay bergier priait une bergiere
Claudin de Sermisy (ca. 1490 – 1562) Au pres de vous secretement demeure
Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450 – 1521) Mille regretz de vous abandonner
Anonymus (16th c.) La morte de la ragione
Anonymus (16th c.) Que je chatouille ta fossette
Arrangement: Philip Lawson (*1957)
Veni, veni, Emmanuel, captivum solve Israel
Alfred Shaddick Burt (1920 – 1954) Jesu parvule, on Thy couch of hay   (1948)
Franz Xaver Gruber (1787 – 1863)  Silent night, holy night
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) Mr. John Langton’s Pavan
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) The King of Denmark’s Galiard
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) Mistresse Nichols’ Almand
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) Mr. George Whitehead his Almand
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) Semper Dowland, semper dolens
Lowell Mason (1792 – 1892) 
Text: Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
Joy to the World
Alfred Shaddick Burt (1920 – 1954) 
Text: Wihla Hutson (1901 – 2002)
Caroling, caroling   (1954)
✧ Arrangement: Gene Puerling (1929 – 2008)
Photo: OctOpus Vocalis.
OctOpus Vocalis

OctOpus Vocalis

The vocal ensemble OctOpus Vocalis was created in 2013 in Brno. Most of its members met for the first time in the Kantiléna children’s choir led by Ivan Sedláček. Since then, they have collaborated on many projects, be it in larger musical ensembles, chamber ensembles or as soloists. The idea to establish a chamber choir arose primarily from the desire to interpret interesting compositions from the national and international repertoire, together with the wish to experiment with compositions that were originally larger cast, yet in solo performances acquire some new dimensions and contexts.

OctOpus Vocalis performs regularly in their own concerts as well as in music festivals and is invited to cooperate with other musical ensembles (Ensemble Versus, Brno Contemporary Orchestra, SYxtet, Plaisirs de Musique, etc.). The ensemble also wants to continue bringing audiences to premieres in a similarly stimulating way as at the Brno Easter Festival of Spiritual Music in 2014 (Czech premiere of the Responsoria Tenebrae by the Polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski) or in the BCO – Brno Contemporary Orchestra 2016 subscription cycle (Mario Buzzi: Missa Brunensis). However, the ensemble deals traditionally with the music of the 20th century (currently the madrigals of Bohuslav Martinů and works by Jan Novák) and with Renaissance and Baroque music (in cooperation with ensemble Plaisirs de Musique).

Thank you

The concert enjoys the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, PhDr. Ilja Šmíd and the Governor of the South Moravian Region JUDr. Bohumil Šimek.

It takes place with financial support from the Statutory City of Brno.

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