Celebrating the Life Cycle – Commissioned by the 2011 Utrecht Early Music Festival
From the traditional Jewish perspective, living a full life and fully experiencing every stage of the life cycle is considered just as important part of religious duties as praying, studying, observing holidays or following the intricate alimentary rules of kashrut. As in most societies, the Jewish life cycle can be seen as a series of concentric circles: the daily, weekly and monthly rituals that make up everyday life; the liturgical year and its holidays; all encircled by life’s major transition points: birth, coming of age, marriage, death. And, from time immemorial, song, prayer and dance have been part of celebrating these moments – “to life, l’Chaim!”
Repertoire: Alleluya Odeh Adonai, as it is sung in Rome during the all-night party that takes place before a circumcision, and Adonai con voi, a 16th century Gentile composer’s impressions of the drunken carousings of a group of Hebrew gentleman after just such a celebration… Doz Mensh Geglikh’n, which compares Man to a different creature at every stage of life, and wedding songs (not always politically correct) from pre-expulsion Spain, 16th century Germany, and the Italian and Sephardic traditions.
7 – 8 Performers: Gloria Moretti, Anna Pia Capurso, Enrico Fink: voice; Avery Gosfield: recorders, pipe and tabor, Marco Ferrari: recorders, double flute, dulcian; Francis Biggi: cetra, colascione, lute, viola da mano, Massimiliano Dragoni: percussion, hammer dulcimer (Oleguer Aymami Busque, viola da gamba)