Collectio Musicorum: Early Music of Scotland


Christ and St. Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street  New York
United States
Friday, October 18, 2019

Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, artistic director

8 pm

Tickets:          Admission is free; no tickets required

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Collectio Musicorum (“Collection of Music”) presents a concert of music from Scotland, dating from the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries. It takes place at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023, on Friday, October 18th at 8 PM. Admission is Free.

Much of the program is devoted to music by Robert Johnson, a priest and reformer, who was forced to flee Scotland due to his reformed religious views. A prolific composer, his music has recently been edited by Dr. Elaine Moohan, Senior Lecturer in Music at the Open University of Scotland in Glasgow, as part of the Musica Scotica series, and it should be published this fall. This music has never before been performed in the United States.

Also among the pieces on the program are works from the twelfth century, when the northern portions of Scotland were under the control of Scandinavian kings, including one of the earliest examples of medieval polyphony, a hymn to St. Magnus the Martyr, who was martyred in 1115. Music by Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son, James VI, will also be heard, as well as music by Roderick Morison, also called “The Blind Harper,” who lived at the turn of the eighteenth century. Also on the program is "Vir perfecte," from the so-called "St. Andrew's Choirbook," a mid-13th century collection of polyphony.  This piece is a responsory in honor of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.

The performers include singers Amanda Sidebottom, Padraic Costello, Nate Adams, and Andrew Padgett; harpist Christopher Thompson and lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, all under the direction of Collectio Musicorum’s artistic director, Dr. Jeff S. Dailey.

About the ensemble:

Collectio Musicorum, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation whose mission is to present the best possible performances of music from the earliest of times. Founded five years ago by Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, it presents concerts and workshops focusing on music that is not heard anywhere else. Collectio Musicorum is a member of Early Music America and the New York Opera Alliance.

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Music Director Jeff Dailey studied musicology and theatre history at NYU, where he received his PhD in 2002.  He is an active instrumentalist, musicologist, conductor, and stage director.  His publications include studies of medieval and Renaissance music and theatre, Eugene O’Neill, Beowulf, Donizetti, and Gilbert and Sullivan.  He has been president of the Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society since 2008.