Whether I Find Thee – English Part Songs by The Opera People
8 Dec 2018, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
In the 17th and 18th centuries, English ensemble singing was dominated by the glee, an unaccompanied song for usually three or more voices whose texts were often a convivial, idyllic representation of country life in rural England. With the influence of German music in the early 19th century, the glee was soon replaced by the part song. However, unlike the German versions, English part songs were largely simple settings with the highest voice supplying the melody and the remaining voices providing the harmonic accompaniment. They reached their apex in the years before and after the turn of the 20th century as English composers sought to recapture the spirit of pre-industrial pastoral life.
Join tenors Jonathan Charles Tay and Jeremy Koh, and baritones Daniel Fong and David Tao as they present a selection of English part songs from both sides of the 20th century, including works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten.
Esplanade Festival Corner
1 Esplanade Drive