An homage to a long and varied tradition of water songs
One of the prerequisites for any successful community is easy access to water and, often, the sites where our largest cities have sprung up have been in close proximity to large bodies of it, such as rivers, lakes and seas. It is no surprise that musical cultures around the world have entire genres devoted to our relationship with water – from British sea shanties to songs of the Venetian gondoliers. In Voices o’er the Waves The Consort of Melbourne pays homage to a long and varied tradition of water songs, from ancient Gregorian chant to Veljo Tormis’ powerful Incantation for a stormy sea.
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
- From The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), featured in Vaughan Williams’ Full Fathom Five
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and The Consort of Melbourne
Voices O’er the Waves
Anonymous chant (c.1200) & Jonathan Wallis
Ave maris stella
Tomás Luis de Victoria
Super flumina Babylonis
Incantation for a Stormy Sea
Ecco mormorar l’onde
To be sung of a summer night on the water
Full fathom five
Orlande de Lassus
Descendit sicut pluvia
I hear the rain
To be sung on the water
Cast & Crew
Wednesday 9 November 2016 6pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
Standard $39 ($29 Concession)
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