Virginal Music

Virginal Music

At Home and Abroad
Songs of 17th-century England and the Continent

Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 3:00 pm
St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
4440 N. Campbell Ave. (at River Road)

The James R. Anthony Memorial Concert


Liber Usualis – Gloria tibi Trinitas aequalis
Bull – In nomine
Ferrabosco – So beautie on the waters stood
Campion – The Sypres curten of the night
Campion – So quicke, so hot, so mad
Dowland – Weepe you no more sad fountaines
Jones – Goe to bed sweete Muze
Frescobaldi – Ancidetemi pur d’Archadelt passagiato
Rasi – Indarno Febo il suo bel oro eterno
Caccini – Torna, deh torna, pargoletto mio
Monteverdi – Quel sguardo sdegnosetto
Lawes – I preethe sweete
Balls (attr.) – Cloris sigh’d
Lawes (attr.) – Baloo my boy
Byrd – The Battell
Anonymous – Galliarde
Crecquillo – L’ardant amour
Mauduit – Eau vive, source d’amour
Lambert – Sombres déserts, retraite de la nuit
Camus – Que ta voix divine me touche!
Lambert – Vos mépris chaque jour
D’Anglebert – Sarabande
Courteville (attr.) – Stript of their green
Purcell – If Musick be the food of Love
Purcell – Ground in D minor
Purcell – Now that the sun hath veil’d his light

The group Virginal Music takes its name from the popular early English parlor instrument, the virginal, and they perform period music for voice and harpsichord. The duo of Melanie Germond (soprano) and Marc Bellassai (virginal and harpsichord) will present a program of works by Bull, Dowland, Monteverdi, and others. Also featured are selections from Elizabeth Rogers hir Virginall booke (1656–1657). Melanie Germond is a founding member of the medieval a cappella ensemble LIBER (formerly Liber unUsualis); she has performed throughout North America and Europe. Marc Bellassai studied harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University's Early Music Institute, and in Europe. He has performed and recorded with the Orchestra Barocca della Scuola Civica and on tour in Taiwan with the ensemble Melothesia.

“Full-voiced purity…soprano Melanie Germond filled the hall.”
The Birmingham News