The Goliards

The Goliards
An Ancient Music Ensemble

The Goliards will perform Christmas With The Goliards, a program of mainly Christmas-themed music that covers a period of approximately 350 years (ca. 1150-ca. 1500), on Sunday, December 22, at 3:00 P.M. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (34th and Abercorn). Admission is $10.00. 

Sopranos Ashley Adams, Melissa Flummerfelt, Mary Catherine Mousourakis, and Cuffy Sullivan will perform a Marian motet cycle (late-13th century) from the Montpellier Codex, and three canonic works from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (14th century). 

Works sung by soloists (with vocal drone accompaniments) will include a New Year's conductus from the abbey of St.-Martial-de-Limoges, a lauda from the Cortona Laudario, an anthem by St. Hildegard of Bingen, two Byzantine liturgical Christmas chants and a conductus (by Pérotin) from The Great Book of Organum (Nôtre Dame School).

Works  sung by soloists and accompanied by instruments include an Anglo-Norman lay dedicated to the Virgin, two songs by the great trouvère, Gace Brulé, an Anglo-Norman carole and a charming Hungarian love song that is thought to date to the 15th century.

The instrumentalists of the ensemble (harp, hurdy gurdy, portative organ, medieval fiddle) will surround and punctuate the choral works with a number of medieval and early-renaissance dances and canonic works.

The program will conclude with a performance of the Wexford Carol, an Irish Christmas hymn of great antiquity still recognized and performed today.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, December 22.

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