“Cantica Nativitatis” – Nine Centuries of Christmas Music
November 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Presented by Richard Franklin Donohue
The Canterbury Historical Society is pleased to host historian and musician Richard Franklin Donohue who will explore an extraordinary repertoire of Christmas music from the 10th through 19th centuries. The music of “Cantica Nativitatis,” translated literally from Latin as “songs of Christmas,” spans the history of Christmas-themed compositions across the second millennium.
No tradition has yielded a greater collection of music other than that of Christmas and at this wonderful program that will help launch the holiday season, you’ll hear carols presented in their original languages of German, Latin, Middle English, French, and Modern English sung both a cappella and with harpsichord accompaniment. The first piece Donohue will perform at the event is a Gregorian chant written in 990 with the last, and newest song, added to the setlist coming from the middle of the 19th century.