Music of the Renaissance:
The Earthquake Mass
For 33 years, Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers has been recognized for presenting vibrant programs of unusual works from the distant past and modern times. This program features one of the most breathtaking outbursts of the Renaissance imagination, the colossal “Earthquake” Mass by the French composer Antoine Brumel (c. 1460–1520). The mass has been called “one of the true marvels of Renaissance choral writing,” with its unusual scoring for 12 voices. The “Earthquake” Mass gets its name from a snippet of melody from Gregorian chant; in this case, the Easter antiphon “Et ecce terrae motus est” or “And behold, the earth moved”. The melodic fragment is found throughout the work, frequently presented in long note-values, while the other voices were woven around it in an intricate polyphonic tapestry.
Ars Nova Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan: “This is extraordinarily imaginative music. Brumel has taken the language of traditional polyphony and created an unusual and vibrant piece, a visionary work that explores the sound of many voices. It’s thrilling to perform, and rare to hear it presented live.” Our special guest instrumentalist is Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba. Join us!
A Celebration of Colorado Artistry: Shared Visions 2
Shared Visions 2 is an interdisciplinary collaboration of Colorado artists: in the summer of 2018, an online gallery of works by Colorado visual artists will be assembled. Then, poets from across the state will view the gallery and use the images as a basis for writing new poetry. This new poetry will be assembled into an anthology, and Ars Nova will commission four Colorado composers to use this anthology to create new music for chorus. We will gather all the artists at the concerts, celebrating our shared visions and new horizons in artistic inspiration and expression.
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