Tourdion (Quand je bois du vin clairet)
Anon., France 16th century
U Poju se mala
Croatia, from the Klapa singing tradition
Recording session June 2019
Terzetti di Filenu Traditional, from the village of Rusiu (Corsica)
Video Credit: Feels Like Media
USA, Adam Simon, 2019
This brand-new choral piece written by our very own Adam Simon is inspired by American Appalachian folk music and Sacred Harp singing. The text is a common meter setting of Psalm 55 by the English hymnodist, Isaac Watts.
USA, Sacred Harp, arr. John Massengale,1850
This lively American Christmas song is from The Sacred Harp, a tune book first published in the mid 19th century. Sacred Harp singing is a community singing tradition focused not on performance or presentation, but on the joy and power of singing together.
The paghjella is a highly ornamented and improvised singing tradition from the island of Corsica. The text says: “You may boast, youth, but your elders are everywhere. Even if you are nimble like deer, they will hunt you down, and like hunters, they are watching, night and day.”
USA, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, 1946
The Golden Gate Quartet indeed sets the gold standard of Jubilee Quartet singing. The original 1946 recording includes a light backup band, but we perform this song a cappella.
USA, Grace Potter, 2005
Sophie and Sora were drawn to this song for its powerful harmonies and their love of singing American music together. It was written by acclaimed musician and composer Grace Potter, who is from Sora’s home state of Vermont.
USA, M.L. Swan, 1867
Originally published in The New Harp of Columbia in 1867, this song has been recently repopularized by its publication in a new American songbook, The Shenandoah Harmony. Its harmonies, unaltered from the original version, sound strikingly modern and very satisfying.