The Cries of London (2006)

Dering, Ravenscroft, East, Gibbons, Weelkes, Cobbold

Theatre of Voices

Paul Hillier

The ‘common cryes’ like ‘straberry rype, and chery in the ryse’ crop up in verse as long ago as the fifteenthcentury London Lickpenny (attr. John Lydgate). But words alone bring only half the street to life. Musical settings too clearly existed, though before later Elizabethan and Jacobean times only fragments survive, like an early Tudor parade on Saint Cuthbert’s Day through the streets of Durham. And if you wait long enough, three or four City Cries, from London or the regions, come along together. Why that group-survival, and why that period, around 1605-15? The pieces and their sources are diverse enough to show less the luck of the draw than, for a short while, a fresh and widespread responsiveness to programmatic foreign influences. Italianate engraved sheets of street-sellers in parade were newly available, at just a time when copyists were busy preserving a bundle of settings for voices backed by strings, in consort song or verse anthem form. One abiding pleasure here is the sheer quantity in which authentic cries are captured, unaltered so far as we can tell: a treasure trove for folk-transcription enthusiasts. But weaving their vividness and pathos into ‘art’ textures for the parlour was not intended simply to mirror, in pure ‘slices of life’, the labouring or indigent classes, who are portrayed with some condescension. Copies can include extra glints of derisive innuendo. The slow of uptake should catch on when the Town Crier announces a reward for an article lost on 30th February, especially if the missing item is a spavined horse or, in one of the less indecent interpolated textual curlicues, ‘a young wench of four and forty years.’

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Paul Hillier

His musical interests range from medieval to contemporary music and include singing, conducting, and writing. In 1990, after many years as Music Director of the Hilliard Ensemble, he founded the Theatre of Voices and began his series of acclaimed recordings for harmonia mundi usa. From 1996 to 2003, Hillier was Director

of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. In September, 2001 he was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, with which he launched
a cycle of recordings exploring the choral tradition of the Baltic Sea countries. Baltic Voices 1 and Baltic Voices 2 met with unanimous praise and each won Hillier a Grammy® nomination.The Powers of Heaven, a much-admired pro- gram of Russian Orthodox sacred music, was followed by Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 and, most recently, by Baltic Voices 3. In 2004 Paul Hillier was awarded the Estonian Cultural Prize.

In 2002 he was made Honorary Professor in Music
at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2003 accepted the post of Chief Conductor of Vocal Group Ars Nova (Copenhagen). Hillier is the author of a monograph “Arvo Pa?rt” (1997) and editor of “The Collected Writings of Steve Reich” (2002), both published by Oxford University Press. His latest project is a book about consort singing.

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The Cries of London (2006)

Dering, Ravenscroft, East, Gibbons, Weelkes, Cobbold

Theatre of Voices

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"Theatre of Voices enters infectiously into the extrovert spirit of the pieces and Fretwork's elegantly expressive playing of Gibbons and Dering fantasias provides an effectively contrasted touch of sophistication."

The Cries of London (2006)

Dering, Ravenscroft, East, Gibbons, Weelkes, Cobbold

Theatre of Voices

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The Cries of London - I & II
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New Fashions
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Fantasia a 4 for the Great Dooble-Base
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The Cries of London
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The City Cries
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Go from my window
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Verse Pastorals- In the merry month of May - Corydon would kiss her then
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The three ravens
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The Country Cries
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