Josquin and the Sexti Toni
Gary D. Cannon, Conductor
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Trinity Parish Church, 609 Eighth Avenue (& James), Seattle, WA 98104
Free will donation / Free parking
The preeminent composer in Europe at the year 1500 was Josquin des Prez. We celebrate his legacy with a full performance of his Missa ‘L’homme armé’ sexti toni, thus named because it incorporates the popular tune L’homme armé and is built on the sixth church mode. We will also sing three motets by one of the leading composers of the next generation, Nicolas Gombert: Musae Jovis, an elegy on the death of Josquin; Lugebat David Absalon, the Biblical lament of David after his son was killed in battle; and a Magnificat which is also built on the sixth church mode. These two extraordinary composers, Josquin and Gombert, helped to lay the groundwork for the High Renaissance with these passionate masterpieces.
ABOUT SINE NOMINE
Sine Nomine is a Community Collegium program under the direction of the Early Music Guild. Founded in 2008 by conductor Gary D. Cannon and manager Pamela Silimperi, Sine Nomine is a mixed-voice chamber choir specializing in the fine performance of early music, including sacred and secular works from all regions. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from the late Medieval to the Baroque. Most of the participants in Sine Nomine also sing in other choruses, ranging from church choirs to semi-professional ensembles. For more information about Sine Nomine, to be placed on the mailing list, or to request an audition, please contact SineNomineSeattle@gmail.com.
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
Gary D. Cannon is one of the Northwest’s most dynamic choral personalities, active as a conductor, singer, composer, and musicologist. In 2008, the Early Music Guild invited him to found and direct Sine Nomine. Also in 2008 he became Artistic Director of the Vashon Island Chorale and Cascadian Chorale, a chamber choir based in Bellevue. He has been Principal Conductor of Vashon Opera (2009–11) and Chorusmaster of the Northwest Mahler Festival (2001–10). Equally comfortable with amateur and professional ensembles, Cannon has conducted Anna’s Bay Chamber Choir, Choral Arts, Earth Day Singers, Kirkland Choral Society, and several ensembles at the University of Washington. As a tenor soloist, he has appeared with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Philharmonic, and the Auburn, Eastside, Rainier, and Sammamish symphony orchestras. He also sings regularly with The Tudor Choir. Cannon holds degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Washington.
—November 2013: “Playing with Fire: Gesualdo’s Madrigals”
Anne Lyman, Guest Conductor
—March 2013: “Monuments of Early Music”
featuring Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium and works by Pérotin, Palestrina, Cornysh, Gesualdo and G. Gabrieli
—November 2012: “Bach Magnificat and Motets”
including J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and two motets: Komm, Jesu, komm and Der Geist hilft in collaboration with New Baroque Orchestra
—March 2012: “Homage”
featuring works by Binchois, Ockeghem, Josquin, Obrecht, de Monte, Byrd, and others
—November 2012: “Victoria and Guerrero”
including Victoria’s complete Officium defunctorum and motets by Guerrero
—April 2011: “David and Absalom”
featuring works by Victoria, Josquin, Schütz, Gombert, Weelkes, and others, including local composers Abraham Kaplan and Roupen Shakarian
—November 2010: “L’homme armé: The Armed Man”
featuring Mass movements by Ockeghem, Busnois, Josquin, Palestrina, and Carissimi; Janequin’s La Guerre; and war-themed works by Monteverdi, Dufay, and others
—February 2010: “Purcell and Handel: Music for Baroque Orchestra and Chorus”
featuring Purcell’s Come, ye sons of Art and Handel’s Dixit Dominus in collaboration with New Baroque Orchestra
—November 2009: “The Two O’s: Ockeghem and Obrecht”
including Salve regina settings and other works by both composers
—May 2009: “Master Josquin”
featuring sacred and secular music by Josquin des Prez and his contemporaries
—November 2008: “Long Live Fair Oriana!: Sacred and Secular Music from England, circa 1600”
featuring Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, plus madrigals and motets by his contemporaries
Sine Nomine performs from scores provided by Patrick Rice of PDR Editions.
“Seattle is fortunate indeed to have Sine Nomine, an excellent choir dedicated to performing music from the Golden Age of choral music—the Renaissance. Each concert is a delight; each concert celebrates the riches of the Renaissance; each performance is done with a finesse of understanding. Thank you, Sine Nomine and conductor Gary Cannon for the gifts of music you bring to Seattle.” – J.C.C.
“The respective sections of the choir showed sensitivity and fine balance throughout. Guerrero & Victoria were present for everyone to experience; the performers were their perfect servants.” – H.R.
“Thank you for the Guerrero! It all was delicious, especially the ‘Duo seraphim.’” – J.C.
“The performance again showed [conductor Gary Cannon's] attention to detail and his sense of both choral and historical styles. The group has become a reliable interpreter of early choral music.” – P.S.
Please direct questions to SineNomineSeattle@gmail.com.
Thank you for your interest in Sine Nomine!