In this chanson, Pipelare combines a bawdy text with some very serious counterpoint. 

Waiting at the Church

Written in 1906 by composer Henry Pether, with words by Fred Leigh, this popular music hall tune was used by Eugene O'Neill in Ah! Wilderness.  Collectio Musicorum's performance features Amanda Sidebottom as the soloist, joined by the rest of the ensemble, and, at the end, the entire audience.  Unlike most recordings of this song, this one features all three verses.


Magister Piero (c1300-c1350) was one of the earliest of Italian Trecento composers.  This is a caccia with a bizarre text.

Pipelare--Virga Tua

Bicinium of verse from the 23rd Psalm by Piplelare.


The Story of a Real Man was Sergei Prokofiev's last opera.  Never performed in the United States, Collectio Musicorum presents a chorus from this fascinating work. 


From Wikipedia:
The Story of a Real Man (RussianПовесть о настоящем человекеPovest' o nastoyashchem cheloveke) is an opera in four acts by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, his opus 117.[1] It was written from 1947 to 1948,[2] and was his last opera.
The libretto, by the composer and Mira Mendelson, is based on the novel of the same name by Boris Polevoy; this in turn was based on the story of pilot Alexey Maresyev. The opera received its premiere on 3 December 1948 at the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). The audience was made up of Soviet cultural officials who gave the work a poor reception. This was a great disappointment to the composer who had intended the opera to rehabilitate his reputation with the Communist authorities after he had been accused of "formalism" earlier in the year. As a result, performances of The Story of a Real Man were forbidden to the general public until after Prokofiev's death. It received its public premiere on 7 October 1960 at the Bolshoi TheatreMoscow.

Scena by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) based on 1Samuel 28.


Opening chorus from The Tempest from an adaptation performed in Philadelphia at the turn of the 19th century. 



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