Spring Potpourri

Presented by the

Ad Hoc Singers

Louise Lee, Director

with guest
Douglas Wolters, Viola da Gamba

5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 31, 1992
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
Washington, DC, USA

I. England and France
Sing We and Chant It Thomas Morley, 1557-1603
Sing we and chant it, while love doth grant it.
Not long youth lasteth, and old age hasteth;
now is best leisure to take our pleasure.
All things invite us now to delight us.
Hence care be packing, no mirth be lacking;
now is best leisure to take our pleasure.
O Yes! Has Any Found a Lad? Thomas Tomkins, 1572-1656
O yes! Haas any found a lad with purple wings fair painted,
in naked beauty clad, with bow and arrow tainted?
Here, alas, close he lieth; take him quick before he flieth!
Variations on "Woodycock" Anonymous English, 16th Century
Douglas Wolters, Viola da Gamba
Quand Mon Mari Orlando di Lasso, 1532-1594
When my husband comes in, my wage is to be beaten.
He takes up the pot ladle and throws it at my head.
He is a false, jealous knave, quarrelsome, grumbling.
I am young and he is old.
Brent Chivers, Recorder

II. Three Swans
The Silver Swan Orlando Gibbons, 1583-1625
The silver swan, who living had no note,
when death approached unlocked her silent throat.
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
thus sang her first and last, and sang no more.
Farewell all joys, o death come close my eyes;
more geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.
The Swan Camille Saint-Saëns, 1835-1921
from Carnival of the Animals
Douglas Wolters, Viola da Gamba & Louise Lee, Piano
Un Cygne Paul Hindemith, 1895-1963
A swan advances across the water folded upon itself like a gliding tableau.
Thus at certain times a loved one seems like a moving space --
approaching as a double image like the swan who floats
upon our troubled soul, casting both delight and doubt.

III. Germany
Langsam Robert Schumann, 1810-1856
from Five Pieces in Folk Style
Douglas Wolters, Viola da Gamba & Louise Lee, Piano
Four Songs Robert Schumann, 1810-1856
from Dichterliebe (Poet's Love)
Im Wunderschonen Monat Mai -- In the wondrous month of May,
when all the buds were bursting forth, love sprang up in my heart;
when all the birds were singing, arose my desire and longing.
Aus Meinen Tranen Spriessen -- From my flowing tears come blossoming flowers,
and my sighs become a chorus of nightingales.
And if you love me, little one, I will give you all the flowers,
and before your window shall ring the song of the nightingale.
Die Rose, Die Lilie, Die Taube -- The rose, the lily, the dove, the sun;
I loved them all in a rapture. I love them no more.
The only, the pure, the fine -- she alone is rose, lily, dove, and sun, the one alone.
Ich Grolle Nicht -- I grudge her not,
even though my heart is breaking, eternally lost love.
Though you may shimmer with the power of diaonds,
no ray shines into the night of your dark heart.
In my dream I saw that night, and the serpent in your soul.
I grudge her not.
Robert Patalano, Tenor

IV. Italy
Ricercada Prima & Ricercada Segonda Diego Ortiz, published 1553
sobre Doulce Memoire
Douglas Wolters, Viola da Gamba & Louise Lee, Piano
Vergine Gloriosa Lucan Marenzio, 1553-1599
Happy and glorious Virgin, oh how happy has been made your
sorrowful state; joyful and holy day, when your beloved Son is risen;
Ah! it makes me too rise from out of sin.
O Primavera gioventù de l'anno Heinrich Schütz, 1585-1672
O Spring, dawning of the year,
beautiful mother of flowers, of newly springing green, of fresh love.
You are again before me, yet the feelings of ecstasy I once knew do not return.
To my heart comes the memory of pain and sorrow, of dear lost treasure.
I am no longer what I was.


V. Mass for Four Voices
Mass for Four Voices William Byrd, 1543-1623
Kyrie Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.
Gloria Glory be to God on high and on earth peace, good will toward men.
We praise You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great glory.
Lord God, heavenly King,
God, Father Omnipotent, and for Jesus Christ, Your only begotten Son...
Credo I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.
On the third day He rose again and sitteth on the right had of God, the Father Almighty.
I believe in the holy Catholic church and the communion of saints,
the foregiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
Sanctus Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and the earth are full of Thy glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Benedictus Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Agnus Dei O Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

Ad Hoc Singers
Louise Lee, DirectorBrent Chivers
Marcia d'ArcangeloRobert Patalano
Norma MeyerJohn Trevey
Barbara WrightTim Burr
Robin CostanzaJon Westergaard

The Ad Hoc Singers, an amateur chamber chorus devoted to traditional choral literature from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, has met on Capitol Hill since 1976. They have performed at The Lyceum, Anderson House, in area churches, and at Goodwin House. If you are a good sight reader and are interested in joining the group, please speak with one of the members after the concert.
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