Tuesday, April 21, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Baroque odes celebrate British queens

By
February 24, 2011 |

The American Bach Soloists come to Davis on Monday with a program featuring music by the greatest composers in England during the late 1600s and the early 1700s — music that celebrates the life of the royal women of that era.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) took great joy in composing music honoring their royal patrons — Queen Mary, Queen Anne and Queen Caroline — each of whom returned the favor by calling on the composers to write music for birthdays, funerals and other auspicious official occasions.

The program will open with two odes by Purcell, who wrote quite a bit of music for Queen Mary. “Now Does the Glorious Day Appear,” composed in 1689, and “Come, Ye Sons of Art” in 1694 — each containing several songs — were both written to celebrate the queen’s birthday.

“Both of these odes by Purcell are wonderful music, and examples of how genuinely appreciative he was of the patronage of his queen,” said Jeffrey Thomas, artistic director of the American Bach Soloists.

Thomas added that “ ‘Come, Ye Sons of Art’ contains some of the most famous tunes that Purcell wrote: ‘Sound the Trumpet’ and ‘Strike the Viol’ are songs that almost every voice student sings, even today.”

Purcell died young in 1695, while in his late 30s. He never met the German-born Handel, who settled in England in 1712. But Handel became a great admirer of Purcell’s music, and Handel’s 1714 setting of the Te Deum (honoring Queen Caroline) recalls some of Purcell’s odes, with its use of trumpet fanfares and chorus.

“A good part of Handel’s life in London focused around his relationship with his royal patrons,” Thomas said. “He was very close to (Queen) Caroline of Ansbach, who was the wife of King George II. Handel was her music teacher; he also taught music to her children, and she was very generous to him. You could say they ‘hung out’ together.

“She was very interested in the arts, and he wrote a number of pieces for her, including this Te Deum.

“Handel also wrote music for Queen Anne,” Thomas continued. “She immediately understood that Handel was talented, and granted him a stipend for life, which was later increased. So for her birthday ode, one year before she passed away, Handel wrote ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine.’ It contains the most sensuous sunrise music I’ve ever heard. It’s so beautiful, as the countertenor and one trumpet and strings hold these gorgeous chords.”

Soloists for the concert include soprano Elizabeth Weigle, countertenor Ian Howell — a former member of Chanticleer, who’s appeared in Davis with the American Bach Soloists and the University Chorus at UC Davis — countertenor Clifton Massey, tenor Aaron Sheehan, baritone Jesse Blumberg and bass Hugh Davies.

The American Bach Soloists perform at 8 p.m. Monday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Tickets are $18 to $50, available at the door, by calling (415) 621-7900 or online at http://www.americanbach.org.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or (530) 747-80bb. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

Check it out

What: The American Bach Soloists, conducted by Jeffrey Thomas

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Davis Community Church, 412 C St.

Tickets: $18 to $50, available at the door, by calling (415) 621-7900 or online at http://www.americanbach.org

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Woodland murder suspect claims history of abuse

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

    Public forum will explore community choice energy options

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

     
    Log cabin home is labor of love

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    The camp around the corner: Day camp benefits kids and families

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Ready to give a resident camp a try? Tips to ease the homesick blues

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    AAUW hosts Yamada speech on Tuesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Buddhist groups host SanghaFest on Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Vote with your dollars at Davis Food Co-op

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    UCD study: Colorblind bilingual programs can perpetuate bias

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Davis Kids Klub offers a true summer camp

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Immigrant teens share their dreams at YIIN dinner

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Round up at the registers for Davis schools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8Comments are off for this post

    Free Family Bike Clinic set Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Online courses a cure-all? UCD study says think again

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Alternatives to violence explored

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Show tunes take center stage at sing-along

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Paws for Thought: Hero dogs go above and beyond

    By Evelyn Dale | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Tour de Cluck tickets on sale now

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Patwin is ‘Where The Wild Things Walk’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Rotary Club hosts whisky tasting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Spend a morning with the mayor

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Celebrate Mexican culture at I-House

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Achievement gap to be addressed at symposium

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    Suicide awareness walk set April 25 at UC Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    .

    Forum

    Gratitude all around for the Breakfast for Heroes

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Broad new vaccination law is a must

    By Tom Elias | From Page: B4

    Seniors, you CAN get there from here

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    Spread the good word, people

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5Comments are off for this post

    Hey, do you want that glaucoma fixed?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5Comments are off for this post

     
    .

    Sports

    DHS girls basketball pioneer Iten dies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devils edge closer to Delta League soccer title

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    DHS thunders past the Herd

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Wong leads UCD charge in Big West women’s golf tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD boxing club making a name on the national scene

    By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    Stories told at Third Space

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    UCD assistant professor to give lecture at de Young Museum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Rockabilly music will fill the park Wednesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    One-man show ‘Buyer and Cellar’ brings non-stop laughter

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    Hear Wealth of Nations at winery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    ‘Frozen’ Mini-Musicals to be presented

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Baldini to conduct Camellia Symphony

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    DMTC sets auditions for ‘Evita’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Robert Leigh Cordrey

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Ruth Rodenbeck Stumpf

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Alice Catherine Micheltorena

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7