Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fa una canzone - an Italian Madrigal, Stairwell Carollers, Youtube video

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Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform Fa una canzone by Orazio Vecchi (1550 - 1605),  an Italian composer of the late Renaissance.

This is such a fun madrigal and it's all about singing!
This version of  Fa una canzone is available on our “Audite nova” CD. 

2016 Stairwell Carollers Spring concert
Fa una canzone English translation  (thanks to CPDL)

"Write a song with no black notes
If you ever wanted my favour
Write it so that it will bring me to sleep
Make it end sweetly, sweetly.

Don't put any harshness into it
Because my ears are not used to that
Write it so that ...

Don't write numbers, or counterpoint
This is my main design
Write it so that ...

Using this style lucky Orpheus
Managed to pacify Proserpina, down under
Write it so that ...

This is the style which sweetly appeased
Saul's fierce spirit!
Write it so that ..."   CPDL
Our professional recordings are gorgeous and available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats
Net proceeds benefit charity.

If you love our music, a Donation would be appreciated. Please DONATE to our 40th Year goal of $15,000 to support celebrations for our Ottawa choir milestone. 

Audio: Tom Barnes.  
Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 4th, 2016.
 Videographers: Luc Nugent. Kolin Casagrande
Editing: Pierre Massie
Photos: Holly Massie

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About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie started our a cappella choir in 1977 while a music student at Ottawa University. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales.

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