Songs of Hope

Sicut cervus by Palestrina

Program Notes

New York Polyphony: Songs of Hope

Overall, the polyphony is lean in texture, albeit intensely charged in points of dissonance.

Songs of Hope

New York Polyphony

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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New York’s hometown heroes of early music have garnered international acclaim as “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure” (The New Yorker). In this program, the twice Grammy-nominated male quartet performs an array of elegiac sacred works from across the centuries. From Renaissance Spain and Revolutionary Russia to modern day Norway, these works of longing and despair are transformed into soaring, sonorous illustrations of light in darkness through New York Polyphony’s impassioned singing.


  • Andrew Smith  Salme 55 
  • Francisco de Peñalosa Lamentations 
  • Cyrillus Kreek Taaveti laul 22  
  • Loyset Compère Officium crucis