Early Music Ensembles Present "The Mayflower at 400"

November 13, 2020
The Baylor University Early Music Ensembles will perform an outdoor concert called “The Mayflower at 400: Renaissance Music of Thanksgiving from the Old and New Worlds” to commemorate the Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. The concert will be presented on Thursday, November 19, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the amphitheatre at the rear entrance to Armstrong Browning Library.
For this concert, the Early Music Ensembles will be comprised of five historically informed players of the early violin: Brenden Guillory, Sarah Hamrin, Maya Johnson, Reagan Newberry, and the group’s director, Associate Professor of Musicology Jann Cosart.
Opening their program will be “Audi Domine” by an early seventeenth-century Bavarian composer, Adam Gumpelzhaimer.
Next, they will play a set of four Thanksgiving pieces: “O Lord turne not away thy fae” by late sixteenth-century English composer Richard Allison, “God graunt us Grace” by the prominent sixteenth-century English composer, Thomas Tallis, “Be light and glad in God reioyce” by Richard Allison, and Dr. Cosart’s own transcription of the traditional Wampanoag tune, “Song of Thanksgiving to the Earth.”
Also to be heard are three settings of the familiar “La Follia” tune, first in its traditional Portuguese version (as arranged by Dr. Cosart) and then as composed by Italian masters Antonio Vivaldi and Francesco Geminiani.
Early seventeenth-century English composer John Dowland’s setting of Psalm 100, “Showt to Jehovah all the earthe,” will come next.
The program will close with “Riu Riu Chiu,” the familiar “Es ist ein Rose entsprungen” by early seventeenth-century German composer Michael Praetorius, and “Gaudete, Gaudete, Christus est natus.”
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. Limited seating is available. Face masks and social distancing are required.
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