|Sequentia: Voices From the Island Sanctuary|
The New York Times
By Vivien Schweitzer
January 24, 2011
"In medieval Paris, the forebears of the Facebook revolutionaries now protesting corruption and inequality in Tunisia were ecclesiastical students writing satirical songs in Latin decrying the same chronic ills. On Saturday evening at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Benjamin Bagby and singers from Sequentia, his medieval-music ensemble, offered some of those songs under the heading “Passionate Young Urban Males.”
The program, called “Voices From the Island Sanctuary,” featured works written in the autonomous medieval ministate of Notre Dame, an important intellectual hub. Monophonic music was represented with “Zima vetus expurgetur,” an Easter chant, and “Minor natu filius,” a new way of vocalizing a familiar Gospel story, given an expressive reading by the tenor Mathias Spoerry. Also included was “Descendit de caelis,” a striking chant for tenor over baritone drone..." (Read more)
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Photo by Chang W. Lee for The New York Times - Sequentia, directed by Brad Bagby