Forty-part Spectacular (2013)
Saturday 26 October at 8pm
The Dome, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne
In this special performance, John O’Donnell and Ensemble Gombert are joined by 20 guest singers to present Thomas Tallis’ famous 40-part motet Spem in alium “in the round” at The Dome at 333 Collins Street. The Dome was originally constructed in 1891 for the chambers of the Commercial Bank of Australia, and is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture in the Italian baroque style.
In addition, Ensemble Gombert proper will sing Missa Dum sacrum mysterium by the young Scotsman Robert Carver. This large-scale 10-part mass was probably first performed 500 years ago at the coronation of the Scottish King James V on the 21st of September 1513.
Finally Ensemble Gombert and guests will perform the world premiere of EG chorister Vaughan McAlley’s ambitious 40-part motet Omnes angeli. Composed over two and a half years, Omnes angeli evokes St John’s vision of angels singing in heaven from the Book of Revelation. Omnes angeli is, like Spem in alium, fully polyphonic, with every singer having a fully independent part throughout.
Robert Carver Missa Dum Sacrum Mysterium a10
Thomas Tallis Spem in alium a40
Vaughan McAlley Omnes angeli a40
Singers in Carver’s Missa Dum sacrum mysterium are printed in italics.
Yi Wen Chin
Tim Van Nooten