Women's Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE)

An ensemble of women promoting and performing music of the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

Adoration of the Magi
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A La Misteriosa Cena

See Nature Rejoicing

"A la misteriosa cena" by José de Torres sung by the Women's Antique Vocal Ensemble. WAVE presented concerts of Latin American colonial music in missions from the central coast to the Bay Area of California. Renaissance and Baroque music from Latin America is thought to have provided a foundation for much of the music later sung and played in the California missions. This piece is from their newly released "Mission Project" CD, which features works from the Música Colonial Archive in the Guatemala Cathedral. All music is recorded live from the mission concerts. CD - "Mission Project.
"See nature rejoicing" from Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art, an ode written for the birthday of Queen Mary II of England (1694). As the son of a musician at the Royal Court, a chorister at the Chapel Royal, and the holder of continuing royal appointments until his death, Henry Purcell worked in Westminster for three different kings over twenty-five years. He became court composer to King Charles II and wrote operas and incidental music to plays and events. After Charles II's death Parliament invited Mary, Charles II's niece, and her Dutch husband, William of Orange to bring order to tumultuous times in England. This was the Restoration, when the much beloved Queen Mary II ruled jointly with her husband William. She acknowledged the religion and constitutional traditions of her country and brought peace and stability to England. Excerpt from a live performance in Oakland, CA.

Tota Pulchra Es Domine Fili Unigenite
"Tota pulchra es" by John Plummer from Codex Specialnik, Prague. This recording is taken from a live performance in Oakland, CA. Thou art wholly fair, my love, Nor is there any stain in thee; Thy lips drip sweetness like the honeycomb; Honey and milk are under the tongue; The scent of thy perfumes is beyond all spices; For now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers have appeared; the flourishing vineyards Have given forth their fragrance And the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land. Arise, my love, my fair one: Come from Lebanon, Come, thou shalt be crowned.
Excerpt from WAVE's SANCTUARY CD
Domine Fili unigenite from Vivaldi's "Gloria"
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