Hilliard Ensemble

Hilliard Ensemble

Tuesday, January 21 2014 | 8 pm
$15 Age 30 and under
$10 Duke students

General Admission with Limited Reserved Seating

The Globe and Mail calls the Hilliard Ensemble "without a doubt one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world." Early music specialists, the Hilliard’s four exquisite male voices will be accentuated by the lustrous acoustics of Duke Chapel as they sing masterpieces of early music, including great works by the French composer Pérotin, who wrote some of the earliest polyphony, and by the later Franco-Flemish visionary Josquin Desprez.

What sets the Hilliard Ensemble apart from other groups is its perpetual questing for new material. This can include a lesser-known Renaissance composer like Josquin’s disciple Févin, through his charming chanson Petite Camusette, or modern composers like Bryars and Pärt, who adopt Renaissance styles. In a Hilliard performance, six-hundred-year-old pieces sound fresh and world premieres sound like enduring classics.

William Cornysh:
Adieu mes amours
W. Cornysh: Ah, Robin

Anon.: Remember me my dear
Josquin Desprez: Mille regretz
Antoine De Févin: Petite camusette
Clement Janequin: O mal d’aimer
Pierre Sandrin: Douce mémoire

Jacques Arcadelt: Il bianco e dolce cigno

Anon. (Italian): Passacalli della vita

Philippe Verdelot: Divini occhi

Cipriano De Rore: O sonno

Gavin Bryars: From the First Book of Madrigals:
   Almond Tree
   Just as the ash-glow
   Within minutes

Perotinus (Pérotin): Viderunt
J. Desprez: Ave Maria
Arvo Pärt: And one of the Pharisees...
Sharakans (Trad. Armenian, Arr. Komitas):
   Ov zarmanali
   Hays hark nviranc ukhti

   Amen hayr surp
   Surp, Ter zorutheanc
A. Pärt: Most Holy Mother of God

This event is part of the 2014 NC H.I.P. Music Festival, from Tue, Jan. 21 through Sat, Feb. 7 in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Sixteen historically informed performance events with musicians on period instruments. hip.mallarmemusic.org

Made possible, in part, with support from the Department of Music at Duke University and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke University.