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Duke Arts Presents

Hilliard Ensemble

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 8:00 pm

Duke Chapel

The Globe and Mail calls the Hilliard Ensemble “without a doubt one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world.” Early music specialists, the Hilliard’s four exquisite male voices will be accentuated by the lustrous acoustics of Duke Chapel as they sing masterpieces of early music, including great works by the French composer Pérotin, who wrote some of the earliest polyphony, and by the later Franco-Flemish visionary Josquin Desprez.

What sets the Hilliard Ensemble apart from other groups is its perpetual questing for new material. This can include a lesser-known Renaissance composer like Josquin’s disciple Févin, through his charming chanson Petite Camusette, or modern composers like Bryars and Pärt, who adopt Renaissance styles. In a Hilliard performance, six-hundred-year-old pieces sound fresh and world premieres sound like enduring classics.

This event is part of the 2014 NC H.I.P. Music Festival, from Tue, Jan. 21 through Sat, Feb. 7 in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Sixteen historically informed performance events with musicians on period instruments. hip.mallarmemusic.org


William Cornysh: Adieu mes amours
W. Cornysh: Ah, Robin
Anon.: Remember me my dear
Josquin Desprez: Mille regretz
Antoine De Févin: Petite camusette
Clement Janequin: O mal d’aimer
Pierre Sandrin: Douce mémoire
Jacques Arcadelt: Il bianco e dolce cigno
Anon. (Italian): Passacalli della vita
Philippe Verdelot: Divini occhi
Cipriano De Rore: O sonno
Gavin Bryars: From the First Book of Madrigals:
Web / Stormy / Almond Tree / Just as the ash-glow / Within minutes
Perotinus (Pérotin): Viderunt
Josquin Desprez: Ave Maria
Arvo Pärt: And one of the Pharisees…
Sharakans (Trad. Armenian, Arr. Komitas):
Ov zarmanali / Hays hark nviranc / ukhti / Amen hayr surp / Surp, Ter zorutheanc
A. Pärt: Most Holy Mother of God

Made possible, in part, with support from the Department of Music at Duke University and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke University.