Heart of a Soldier
Heart of a Soldier
Chanticleer began their 2017/18 season with Heart of a Soldier, a program that explores the art of soldiering, the pageant of war, the absurdity of battle, the loves left behind and the hope of peace. Heart of a Soldier was recorded live September 22 & 24, 2017 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall.
Chanticleer began its 2017/18 Season with Heart of a Soldier, a program about the art of soldiering, the pageant of war, the absurdity of battle, the loves left behind and the hope of peace. Great Tudor composers such as Byrd and Tomkins reflected on the repeated sacking of Jerusalem. The beautiful prayer set by Thomas Tomkins, “O pray for the peace of Jerusalem” is as important today as it ever was. The destruction of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade, centuries later, provided musical inspiration for the great French Renaissance master Dufay. Closer to our own time, the words of Walt Whitman found a place under the pen of one of our frequent collaborator Mason Bates and those of Archibald MacLeish are set by John Musto. To explore the hearts of soldiers, Chanticleer traverses centuries of repertoire from the earlier music of Byrd, Janequin to 19th century Russian soldier songs. Two choruses from Pulitzer prizewinner Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain are included as are new arrangements by Brian Hinman, Vince Peterson, Evan Price and Adam Ward of songs from the home front.
- Haec dies - William Byrd (c. 1540 - 1623)
- Civitas sancti tui - Byrd
- O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem - Thomas Tomkins (1572 - 1656)
- We be Souldiers Three - Thomas Ravenscroft (c. 1582 – c. 1633)
- La guerre - Clément Janequin (c. 1485 - 1558)
- Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae constantinopolitanae - Guillaume Dufay (c. 1397 - 1474)
- L’homme armé - Trad. Troubadour Song
- Battle of Borodino - Trad. Russian Soldier Song, arr. Vladimir Mantulin
- Nightingale, You Little Bird - Trad. Russian Soldier Song
- Drum-Taps (after poetry by Walt Whitman) - Mason Bates (b. 1977)
- Our Beautiful Country (from Cold Mountain) - Jennifer Hig don (b. 1962)
- My Soul, There is a Country (from Songs of Farewell) - Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848 - 1918)
- My Buddy - Walter Donaldson (1893 - 1947), arr. Vince Peterson, soloist: Brian Hinman
- Bei Mir Bist du Schön - Sholom Secunda & Jacob Jacobs, arr. Brian Hinman
* Composed by Mason Bates through a commission by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Chanticleer, whose participation was funded by Russ Irwin.
SINGERS FEATURED ON THE RECORDING
Tim Keeler, Cortez Mitchell, Gerrod Pagenkopf, Alan Reinhardt, Logan Shields, Adam Ward – Countertenor
Brian Hinman, Matthew Mazzola, Andrew Van Allsburg – Tenor
Eric Alatorre, Zachary Burgess, Matthew Knickman – Baritone and Bass
William Fred Scott – Music Director