From Despair to Love – Chester Music Society
January 13, 2021|7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The English composer Michael East (1580-1648) wrote a set of eight 5-part fantasias for viols, acclaimed as being ‘among the best five-part consorts of the time’. They are unusual in that each has a Latin title, beginning with Desperavi, moving through Peccavi, Vidi, Penitet, Credidi, Vixi and Triumphavi, and ending with Amavi.
In collaboration with the Chelys consort of viols, we will perform the complete set, as well as some pieces for voices and viols from East’s 1618 and 1610 publications which complement the fantasias.
To sum up the journey from despair (Desperavi) to love (Amavi) the programme concludes with a new commission by composer Jill Jarman, taking a verse from a poem by Sir Henry Wotton whose work East sets elsewhere. There is something incredibly exciting about a piece written specifically for us, exactly 400 years after the publication of the 1618 book.