Ars Nova Copenhagen

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Music of the Tudors

The title and subtitle refer to a choir concert I heard today in the cathedral of Aarhus, one hour’s drive from my home. The choir is called Ars Nova Copenhagen. The choir music was written about five hundred years ago in the English Tudor style. I don’t know how many voices there were. Twelve singers and maybe eight different voices. The main composer was Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521). Here a piece can be heard at YouTube with a similar choir.

The choir music was written about five hundred years ago in the English Tudor style. I don’t know how many voices there were. Twelve singers and maybe eight different voices. The main composer was Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521).

 

Pictures from the Cathedral in Aarhus Denmark

I couldn’t help comparing modern-day pop music to this. The pop music is melodic but simple and untrained voices sing the many repetitions of a refrain. It’s another style.

The texts were in Latin and taken from the bible. The many voices went through my body and filled every fibre of my being. After the first song was finished a little three-years old boy said with a loud and clear voice:

That was a lovely song. Thank you to you all!

Big smiles were seen at the choir’s faces. He nailed the situation.


The choir Ars Nova Copenhagen is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. They perform all over the world in this renaissance genre as well as in new music composed by English or American composers.

Here is a link to another of their concerts in Copenhagen some years ago Alegris Miserere. That’s the piece that young Mozart copied by heart by hearing it once at the Vatican.

Found a recent video with this choir with similar kind of music

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    • I am glad I didn’t hurt you by my remark on pop music. I nearly did not want yo write it. But hours before on my drive to the city I heard a musical song where the same phrase was repeated and the woman who sang was using her voice with air coming along with the melody. It became a huge contrast to this old kind of art being performed. The acoustic in the church was so great and no you tube video can show what it was. I will try to find something sung on the for me unknown composer Fayrfax and link it up too. Thanks a lot for your nice comment Clive

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  1. Jumped over from the Senior Salon – SO thankful for the reminders to visit lovely blogs like yours every week. I’m playing catch-up because I still have the old Wednesday schedule in my brain – but I’m determined to get around to read and comment on ALL the posts before next Monday’s Salon posting.

    Your comment about pop singers reminded me of something my mother said, many years ago when I was a teen, “In my day the singers had to actually know how to sing — and the lyrics were more than a line or two repeated endlessly to a drumbeat.” If she were alive today she would have loved your post – and would be amazed to hear me say something similar. 🙂

    I adore ensembles like the one you featured here. I wish I could have been there with you to see and hear it live.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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