We’re Drew’s a capella, one-voice-per-part vocal ensemble.
We focus on the pinnacle of a capella singing, the madrigals of the Italian Renaissance, along with selections from related styles. This semester’s concert will be drawn from the following selections (along with other surprises):
17th century catches (drinking songs in the form of rounds) — These generally have humorous, frequently earthy texts.
- Come, come, let us drink
- ‘Tis women makes us love
- A scolding catch (Fie, nay, prithee, John, do not quarrel, man. Let’s be merry and drink about.)
- My lady and her maid
Early 16th century French chansons, again with funny texts.
- Certon, Je ne l’ose dire (about a man who’s cuckolded and tormented by his wife)
- de Castro, Ah, je meurs on a poem by Ronsard (about a man seducing a young woman)
- Passereau, Il est bel et bon (a conversation between two women comparing their husbands)
A late 16th century motet on a text from Proverbs – Lassus, Timor Domini principium sapientiae
A set of late 16th century Italian madrigals by Luca Marenzio
- Liquide perle Amor (describing how moved a man is by his lover’s tears)
- Basciami mille volte (“Kiss me. Kiss me, a thousand times.”)
- Per duo coralli ardenti (A paean to “two coral lips that burn”)
- Cruda Amarilli (Marenzio’s setting of this classic ode to the cruel lover, Amaryllis)
- Vaghi e lieti fanciulli (Delightful and happy youths dancing and having a good time.)
- Solo e pensoso (Petrarch’s wonderful sonnet, “Alone and deep in thought I measure with slow and lingering steps the deserted fields,…”)
17th century Italian virtuoso madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi
- Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben (two sopranos – “Alas! Where is my beloved?)
- Parlo miser’ o taccio? (two sopranos and bass – “Should I, poor wretch that I am, speak out or hold my tongue?“
Connor Ambrose, tenorEmily Crawford, sopranoHannah DeGenova, altoJessica Funtenatto, altoKatarina McKeever, sopranoTyler Metteer, tenorAdam Otten, bassJanine Pasquale, sopranoRachel Schachter, sopranoTaryn Scozzari, altoChristopher Talbot, bass