Anglica Antiqua

Anglica Antiqua

Tunefull and well-measur'd song: Music of Henry Lawes and John Wilson

In this program we explore songs, dialogues, and ensemble pieces by Henry Lawes and John Wilson, the two most important English song composers of the mid-17th century. These men lived and worked during a transitional time, when the lute-song tradition epitomized by John Dowland had long since fallen out of fashion, but the Baroque masterpieces of Henry Purcell still lay some time in the future. Lawes, Wilson, and their contemporaries knew and worked with some of the greatest poets of their day -- which is to say, some of the greatest poets in the history of the English language -- so it is no surprise that they cultivated the "declamatory song," a uniquely English genre that aimed for the clearest, most expressive treatment of the text, but in a manner quite distinct from the more well-known Italian style of the period. Lawes, in particular, was widely praised for his "tunefull and well-measur'd song," as his friend the poet John Milton put it, while Wilson enjoyed a reputation as a brilliant lutenist, singer, and tunesmith. Join us as we celebrate this rich and unjustly neglected repertoire! 

O hear my cries Henry Lawes (1595-1662)
A Tale out of Anacreon Henry Lawes
Among the myrtles Henry Lawes
Were thy heart soft John Wilson (1595-1674)

Amaryllis by a spring- Henry Lawes
The Lark- Henry Lawes
The Mournful Lovers- Henry Lawes
A Dialogue between Charon and Philomel- William Lawes
Sing, fair Clorinda- Henry Lawes

Fantasia in B-flat- John Wilson

Slide soft, you silver floods- Henry Lawes
Desperato’s Banquet- Henry Lawes
Ariadne’s Lament- Henry Lawes
Come, thou father of the spring- John Wilson
An Elegy- John Wilson

TEN-MINUTE INTERMISSION

Wherefore peep’st thou, envious day -John Wilson
The Angler’s Song Henry LawesBeauty, which all men admire- John Wilson
Tavola- Henry Lawes
Amintor’s Welladay- Henry Lawes

The Rose- Henry Lawes
A Dialogue: Shepherd and Nymph- Henry Lawes
Fantasia in A minor- John Wilson
Draw near, you lovers that complain- John Wilson
A Pastoral Elegy- Henry Lawes
Gather your rosebuds while you may- William Lawes

Love, Madness and Death: A Timeless Tale

An evening of seventeenth-century English lute songs and poetry, exploring the complexities of the fundamental experiences of love,madness, and loss. Through the music of Dowland, Eccles, Purcell, Hume, Pilkington, Danyel and Johnson and the poetry of Sidney, Shakespeare, Wyatt, and Milton, we will take the audience on a musical and literary journey through aspects of the human experience that are as universal as they are "rich and strange." 

From The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia- Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
O Solitude- Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Awake my Lute- Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)
When to her lute Corinna sings- Thomas Campion (1576-1627)
The Passionate Shepherd to his Love- Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
Come away, come sweet love- John Dowland (1563-1626)
The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd- Walter Raleigh (1552-1618)
Beauty sat bathing- Francis Pilkington (1565-1638)
To Lucasta, Going to the Wars- Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)
Soldier’s Song- Tobias Hume (1579-1645)
Soldier’s Resolution- Tobias Hume

Sonnet 69 from Caelica- Fulke Greville (1554-1628)
The Willow Song- Anonymous (before 1616)
From Il Penseroso- John Milton (1608-1674)
In Darkness let me Dwell- John Dowland

INTERMISSION

Tom O’ Bedlam- Anonymous (17th century)
From Ballad of Tom O’ Bedlam- Anonymous (17th century)
Bess of Bedlam- Henry Purcell
From Mad Maudlin’s Search- Anonymous (17th century)
Not all my torments- Henry Purcell
From The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania- Mary Wroth (1587-c1651)
O let us Howl- Robert Johnson (1583-1633)

Holy Sonnet 6- John Donne (1572-1631)
What Greater Grief- Tobias Hume
Church Monuments- George Herbert (1593-1633)
Miserere my maker- Anonymous (17th century)
From Psalm 51- Mary (Sidney) Herbert (1562-1621)
O Death, rock me asleep- Anonymous (17th century)

 

Shakespeare at 400: Music and Plays

In acknowledgement of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death we invite you to an evening exploring Shakespeare's plays in a night of music and drama. We'll take you on a journey through Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet, interweaving monologues and scenes with music of the time. Composers include John Wilson, Henry Purcell, Thomas Morely, Robert Johnson, and more! Pre concert lecture presented by Columbia University's Benjamin VanWagoner.
 

 

In Commemoration: The 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death
An Evening of Music and Drama 

Orpheus with his lute (Henry VIII)- William Shakespeare
     Lachrimae- John Dowland

Romeo and Juliet

Act II, Scene ii
     Now, what is Love?- Robert Jones
     Sweet stay a while- Henry Lawes
Act III, Scene v
     When griping grief- Richard Edwards
Act IV, Scene iii
     With endless tears- Robert Johnson

Hamlet

     Robin is to the greenwood gone- Anonymous
     Hey jolly robin- Anonymous
Act III, Scene i
     How should I your true love know (Walsingham)- Anonymous
     Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day- Anonymous
     And will he not come again- Anonymous
     Away delights (Beaumont and Fletcher, The Captain)- Robert Johnson
Act IV, scene vi
     Care-charming sleep (Beaumont and Fletcher, Valentinian)- Robert Johnson

The Tempest

     Come again, fair Nature’s treasure- Edward Johnson
Act I, Scene ii
     Full fathom five- Robert Johnson
Act V, scene i
     Where the bee sucks- Robert Johnson
     What if a day- John Dowland
     No stars again shall hurt you (The Tempest; or, The Enchanted Island)- John Weldon

Let music sound (The Merchant of Venice)
     The Silver Swan- Orlando Gibbons

Macbeth

Act I, Scene vii- Robert Johnson
     Come away, Hecate (Thomas Middleton, The Witch)
Act V, Scene v
     How wretched is the state- Robert Johnson

A Midsummer Night's Dream

     Gather ye rosebuds while ye may- William Lawes
Act II, Scene i
     Have you see the bright lily grow (Ben Jonson, The Devil is an Ass)- Robert Johnson
Act II, Scene ii
     Sweet nymph, come to thy lover- Thomas Morely
     Rest sweet nymphs- Francis Pilkington
Act V, Scene i
     Hush, no more (The Fairy Queen)- Henry Purcell
If we shadows have offended (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
     Now, O now I needs must part- John Dowland