Song of Songs/Songs of Love
The poem known as the “Song of Songs” was written down in the 3rd century BCE and was admitted to the canon of Hebrew Scripture long after the Torah and the Prophets, probably towards the end of the first century CE. The poem is plainly about earthly love, but its sensuous language and imagery have been traditionally interpreted by Jewish and Christian religious exegetes as allegory. This program sets the sensuous verses of “Song of Songs” (translated from the original Hebrew into Latin by St Jerome) beside love songs in Spanish, inviting the listener to consider the many meanings and varieties of love and the complex relationship of the divine and the human, now and in the past. Music from 16th-century Spain by Francisco Guerrero, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Sebastián de Vivanco, Juan Vásquez, Nicolas Gombert, and others.
BLUE HERON, Scott Metcalfe, director
Cameron Beauchamp, Pamela Dellal, Paul Guttry, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Aaron Sheehan, Mark Sprinkle, Sumner Thompson, Daniela Tosic, Shari Wilson, Zachary Wilder, voices; Marilyn Boenau, bajón