Tapestry Programs

TAPESTRY: Voices, harp, and vielle

This spirited program crisscrosses borders and centuries to tell tales of remarkable women who inspired nations and captured the imaginations of artists, composers, and writers throughout the ages. Here, Tapestry weaves a mix of tales, music, and poetry to reveal the many faces of a woman, ranging from 12th-century abbess and mystic Hildegard von Bingen to 16th-century Irish pirate, Grace O'Malley, to 20th-century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Music of female troubadours, traditional songs, and lullabies round out this fascinating portrait of a woman.

"The selections range from Medieval motets to European and American folk song to Romantic choral music to newly composed pieces. Most of the pieces have an early music/folk-like simplicity and purity that give them an immediate, direct appeal. The performances are wonderfully appealing as well; the singing is impassioned and unaffected, and the instruments—harp, vielles, and fiddles—provide a colorful, atmospheric accompaniment… They sing with clear, straight tone and flawless intonation, and their voices are colorfully varied. The programming of complementary repertoire is inspired—the contemporary pieces fits seamlessly with the oldest, a ninth-century chant. This lovely collection should be of interest to fans of early music, world folk music, and the sound of the blend of women's voices."
All Music Guide

This program has been recorded by MDG


Songs of troubadour Comtessa Beatrice de Dia and her contemporaries
Joan Szymko's Nada te turbe, a setting of poetry by Teresa of Avila, paired with medieval chant
Margaret McAllister's Grainne Mhaol (Grace O'Malley) paired with Irish folk songs
Music of Hildegard von Bingen paired with medieval polyphony
Ivan Moody's setting of Anna Akhmatova poetry framed with prayer settings by Rachmaninov
Medieval songs in praise of the Queen of Sheba paired with Israeli and Sephardic songs
Lullabies and instrumental dances

Program duration

approximately 90' with intermission
suitable for a resonant medium-sized church or concert hall