Saint-Saëns's Saltarelle

On our upcoming Restrospective Concert, ECMC will sing Saltarelle by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921). Saltarelle is a musical setting of a poem by Émile Deschamps for men’s chorus.  The French word, saltarellecomes from the Italian saltarello, which is a traditional Italian dance, usually in a fast triple meter.  Saltarello derives from the Italian verb saltare, which means to jump or to skip.

Saltarelle is a call to the people of Romagna to leave the mountains and plains and to come dance and sing.  Here is a performance by the Empire City Men’s Chorus from our 2016 Free & Easy Concert with the text translation below.

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Al HaNisim

One of the songs on our holiday concert, Revelry, is a setting of Al HaNisim to an old melody in an a capella setting for mixed choir by Elliot Z. Levine, which has been revoiced for men’s chorus by Vince Peterson. 

Elliot Z. Levine, a former member of the Western Wind, a vocal sextet devoted to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music, has appeared as a baritone soloist with groups such as Musica Sacra, the Rome Opera, the Ensemble for Early music, and the Mannes Camerata. Mr. Levine is also a composer, conductor, educator, and coach.

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Choose Something Like A Star

Why sing Choose Something Like A Star on a holiday concert?  Although it is not a religious text, the poem confronts humankind's perpetual search for something greater than itself--a higher power.  The poem suggests that we turn to nature, to that which is greater than ourselves, to understand our purpose on earth.  While it gives no mention of religion, the poem begins as an invocation to a star.  Turning our eyes to the heavens, we see a star, and ask it for guidance, but it is silent. 

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